Marlins sweating it out on the gridiron

Tina Harbuck

The sandbox is not just for toddlers anymore.

The Destin Marlin football team spent about an hour in the “sandbox” on Monday as part of conditioning and special team’s camp to get ready for the upcoming football season that kicks off Aug. 22.

“We’re trying to get them acclimated to the heat a little bit better,” said Destin Football Coach Mark Hinterthan as members of the team ran drills in the sand pit next to the school on Monday morning.

When the boys started practice at 9 a.m. Monday it was 88 degrees, but by 9:30 the temperature had already jumped to 94.

The team ran agility and quick-cut work in what coach called the sandbox before moving over to the football field.

On the field the team did more agility and speed work, but on grass, they also worked on kickoffs and kickoff returns.

“I hope to have special teams in place by the end of the week,” Hinterthan said.

The Marlins have about 27 players on the roster this year and are a little smaller in number and size than last year.

“We had to change the offense because of a lack of size and lack of speed. We don’t have some of the tools we had last year as far as size up front,” Hinterthan said.

As far as the Marlin defense and special teams, the playbook will remain the same, he said.

“We’ve got good kids, smart kids,” he said.

The conditioning and special team’s camp will go through Thursday of this week and regular football practice will start on July 29.

The Marlins will participate in a jamboree on Aug. 15 and then play their first game of the season Aug. 22.