Arntz era set to begin in Freeport – The Northwest Florida Daily News
SETH STRINGER @SethSnwfdn
FREEPORT — Aug. 25 will likely be a night Shaun Arntz remembers for the rest of his life.
Like he’s done for the last nine seasons, the 32-year-old will walk the Freeport sideline, shout instructions to players, bark at officials and bask in the Friday Night Lights spotlight.
Only this time he’ll do it as head coach, the Bulldogs set to host Vernon for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
If all goes well, Arntz’s focus centered on bringing regional and state titles to Freeport, it will be a night the Freeport community remembers fondly too.
Those are just the expectations surrounding the program and their young head coach, who’s looking to lead the Bulldogs back to their first Final Four since 2009. At the very least the Bulldogs are looking to continue their rise, an ascent that’s taken them from zero wins in 2013 to four in 2014, five in 2015 and six in 2016.
The Bulldogs have the skill players to turn some heads.
Freshman K’Wan Powell is speed and power personified in the backfield. Senior quarterback Zack Johnson returns after throwing for 1,001 yards and seven touchdowns and rushing for 580 yards and four scores.
Johnson, a bit undersized at 5-foot-7, broke two long runs en route to 110 rushing yards in a 14-7 kickoff classic win over South Walton. Powell added 71 yards and a score and 6-4, 300-pound lineman Junior Carswell, in a goal line package called “Beef,” found the end zone as well.
The size on the lines is staggering with the aforementioned Carswell and 6-5, 310-pound Jaylon Washington. But Arntz wasn’t impressed with the preseason effort.
“We can play more physical in the trenches,” he said. “Maybe I’ve been bragging on these guys too much because they have to be more physical,