Bayside Academy football has been flirting with a run to the state championship game for years. The Admirals’ have advanced to the playoffs for 6 straight years, including a trip to the third round last season. It’ll be a year of reconstruction for Bayside, but something the team is looking forward to.
“We’ve got a chance to be pretty good if we can find us a trigger man, a quarterback. Our quarterback graduates, a senior, a three-year starter, going to Southern Miss on a baseball scholarship and we’ve got to replace him and our running backs but our receivers, including Greg Wallace, he’s good. And I think we’ve got the possibility of having a couple young guys coming up that could be pretty good,” said head coach Phil Lazenby.
“It’s very exciting, I’m ready to get back on the field and ready to put the pads back on and try to win a state championship because we’ve been working at it these past couple year and we’re getting close, we just gotta finish it,” said Wallace.
“I’m ready for it to start; I’m not ready for it to be over with. I know it’s going to go by fast so I’ve got to make the most of it,” said senior defensive back Nick Bolton, “We definitely have a lot to live up to, we’re not too big, but we have a lot of heart and I think we’re going to make it pretty far, farther than we did last year.”
Bayside will remain in the 3A Classification this fall, with some tough competition.
“In our non-region schedule we pick up 5a and 4a, that’s what we’ve done again this year with Clarke County, UMS Wright and Faith Academy. It makes us better come playoff time. Our region is tough enough with TR Miller and Opp and Hillcrest Evergreen who dropped down from 4A,” said Lazenby. “We’ve got to get physical on defense, our weakness was defense last year and our emphasis is going to be on getting more physical defensively and so that’s what we’re really going to work on this spring.”