Bulldogs, Gators put on the pads


A Crestview defenders makes a solid hit on a ball carrier during Monday’s practice as assistant coach Thomas Grant watches the action.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 02:27 PM.

High school football across the state of Florida put on the pads for the first time this spring Monday afternoon.

The Baker School and Crestview High School football teams joined the rite of spring as they took advantage of the first full day of hitting.

It was a typical no-holds barred practice in Baker as third-year Gator coach Matt Brunson continued to incorporate his rugged style of play that saw the Gators taking each other to the ground during the tackling segments of the practice.

Things were equally feisty at Crestview under first-year coach Tim Hatten. However the new Bulldog boss had his team in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts and while the Crestview players went full speed, during tackling segments the players didn’t take each other to the ground.

At the end of the day both Brunson and Hatten were happy with what they saw from their respective teams.

“We are not real big on tackling to the ground in spring,” Hatten said. “The worst thing that can happen in spring practice is an injury. We want to minimize any injury we have.

“We want to go out there and work on fundamentals. And you can do that without taking folks to the ground.”

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