Destin Dolphins grind it out on gridiron

TINA HARBUCK
The Junior Dolphins went head to head on the practice field. Squaring up to go at it are Ryan Driscall, left, and Luke Edelman.

Monday might have been the first day of school for most kids, but it wasn't the first day of practice on the gridiron for about 60 young boys that make up the Destin Dolphin football teams.

For the last couple of weeks, the Destin Dolphins have been practicing three times a week for a couple of hours each session.

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"They are looking pretty good," said Peewee Coach Chad Price. "We're bringing back the old school method."

The Peewees, made up of 7- and 8-year-olds, boast 30 players. "We're maxed out," Price said.

"We're going to run a different offense this year," Price said. "It's all about deception."

As for the Tiny Mites, made up 5- and 6-year olds, has 13 players on the team.

"They are doing good," said Coach Dennis Phillips. "They're aggressive."

As for the Junior Dolphins, they have 19 players on the team and were hard at work on the practice field Monday afternoon.

The Dolphin teams have about two more weeks to prepare before they kick off their season in the Panhandle Youth Football League Sept. 6. Others in the league include teams from South Walton, DeFuniak Springs, Niceville, Panama City Beach, Crestview, Hammock Bay and Shalimar.