Seahawks learning on fly ahead of Port St. Joe – The Northwest Florida Daily News
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SANTA ROSA BEACH — Youth has created frustration for Phil Tisa in South Walton.
That’s not to say there haven’t been bright spots. Big plays are aplenty for the Seahawks. Recently, though, some of those big plays have been replaced with boneheaded mistakes.
The same issues plague coach Jimmy Ray Stephens at Walton and coach Shaun Arntz in Freeport. All three coaches have been navigating the tempestuous seas of trying to teach freshman and sophomores the finer intricacies of the game while still winning games.
Each is having issues succeeding.
Tisa, the Seahawks’ coach has lost two straight. South Walton fell 35-7 to undefeated 1A-powerhouse Baker this past Friday. As any coach would, Tisa is taking the good with the bad.
“I think there were things to build on in that game,” Tisa said. “We just continue to review the film and then try to fix the mistakes. We’re a young team. We’re trying to just continue to help these young kids grow.”
The kids have struggled as of late. South Walton’s offense scored no points in the loss to Baker. Daniel Leuze’s kickoff return for a touchdown was the Seahawks only trip to the end zone against the Gators.
A week earlier, the offense scored twice in a 31-14 loss to North Florida Christian. The opponents the Seahawks have played are quality teams, but the disappearing scoring is troublesome, Tisa said.
“We had some very positive offensive drives that ended up stalling out,” Tisa said. “We had some things called back on some penalties, some big plays. I’m not worried about, but at the same time that’s a concern.
“You do have to score to be able to win.”
Fatigue could be a factor, Tisa said. The Seahawks (3-4) enter