BAKER — An afternoon thunderstorm delayed the first day in pads for Baker School’s football team, but only temporarily.
As the skies cleared shortly after 4 p.m., the Gators were on the practice field taking advantage of the first day that Florida teams could go in shoulder pads. Teams can wear full gear starting Monday.
Baker coach Matt Brunson was pleased with the limited contact the team had.
“Our guys again are working hard,” he said. “We put our shoulder pads and helmets on for the first time and we tried to stay off the ground, but we were able to bump into each other. Everything went good.”
Senior quarterback Ben Crowson likes the start of the fall camp.
“I think things are going great,” he said. “I think we are getting in shape really well. I’m glad we are starting to unite as a team.”
Crowson, who broke his right arm (his throwing arm) last year, is splitting time at quarterback with Jon Beck. Crowson said the sharing of playing time is going well so far as he tries to regain his timing on his throws following his injury.
The Gators will continue to mix conditioning with the actual practices as they set their focus on the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 23, Brunson said.
‘The guys are working hard and we are still spending a lot of time in the weight room and a lot of time in conditioning so it’s going good,” he said. “Our guys are getting in shape.
“That’s the thing we want to do right now: ... establish the conditioning.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.