Tigers end spring making progress
By Joseph W. Gex, II
May 12, 2017, 20:52
The Bay High Tigers hosted Resurrection High School in a controlled scrimmage that ended spring training on Thursday, May 11th.
The scrimmage featured controlled aspects of offense and defense and a score was not kept.
Bay High head coach Ben Foreman had one major goal in mind when spring football started three weeks ago and that was to get the Tigers tougher both mentally and physically. Foreman responded, "We are getting there. We wanted to develop toughness and I think we got better at it but there is still a lot to be cleaned up and improved upon. Our youth still plagues us somewhat bit we are a year older and it is showing."
Last year the Tigers featured 28 freshman and now they are 28 sophomores.
Some of the older players had strong spring practices as expected by the coaches.
Foreman gave a nod to Jaylan Wilson who lined up at quarterback. He is receiving interest from Arkansas State, South Alabama, Louisiana Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe.
At wide receiver, Foreman commented on Keshaun Laneaux who caught three nice passes against Resurrection.
On the defensive side, John Russo had a solid spring and returned a fumble 90-plus yards against the Eagles.
Foreman continued, "I thought our defense played well today. We are installing a new defense this spring so there was a lot of learning going on and they are still working the kinks out."
The Tigers were missing some players who were starters last season due to non-football related injuries like Sam Sheppard, Cade Compretta and others.
Foreman spoke very highly of the improvement of the offensive line and linebackers, as a group, that exceeded the expectations of the staff.
And, as all football coaches want to end spring, the Tigers ended it injury free.
Now comes the summer and all the conditioning that goes with it. Foreman ended, "We will continue to install our defense throughout the summer and perfect our offensive flow. We have to keep developing and conditioning. But, the one thing that can help that is attendance during the summer workouts. We have talked to the players about the importance of that. We are looking forward to the summer and I am very pleased with our development this spring."
The Tigers open the season with West Harrison followed by a road trip to Lumberton. Next, they host Long Beach and Lawrence County at home before ending their non-division schedule on the road at South Jones. The Division 8-4A schedule remains unchanged.
Only 15 weeks until the start of football for the area. I can't wait, can you?
See you at the game!