SoWal travels to Arnold for opener – The Northwest Florida Daily News
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SANTA ROSA BEACH — Phil Tisa is keeping his cards close to the vest.
Asked about Friday’s game plan surrounding South Walton’s trip to Arnold, the Seahawks head coach isn’t divulging much.
Not for an offense led by quarterback Cade Rowland and a running-back-by-committee.
“I think they’re a pretty good football team and we’ll continue to take what the defense gives us,” he said. “They’re very aggressive so we’ll look to take advantage of that, just as long we make sure to protect the ball and keep the offense on the field.”
Not on a defense that graduated the Crittenden brothers and a slew of seniors.
“They have a very good quarterback, running back combo so we have to play disciplined defense,” he said. “We have to get around to the ball and take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves.”
The vagueness captures South Walton’s identity perfectly. Who is this team that returns only a couple of starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 7-2 crew? Just what are the Seahawks capable of after losing playmakers like quarterback Austin Garofalo and the Crittenden brothers?
What we do know is an undersized Rowland is finding his rhythm under center, the backfield will feature fresh legs and the defense is coming of a kickoff classic where it allowed two touchdowns in a half in a 14-7 loss to a talented Freeport squad.
“We accomplished our goal of getting the game on film so we can use that and learn,” Tisa said. “We know we have a lot of growing up to do, so we’re counting on a lot of games where we’ll be gaining Friday night experience and just building on that weekly.”
We also know Arnold is coming off a 4-6 campaign. Dual-threat