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Bay Springs football 'bought in;' ready for season opener

Head Coach Ryan Milner fires up his team during Bay Spring's football practice Wednesday afternoon. Head Coach Ryan Milner fires up his team during Bay Spring's football practice Wednesday afternoon.

The 2010 football season was an easily forgettable one for Bay Springs High School. The Bulldogs went 0-10. What a difference a year made.

Enter Ryan Milner, who's head coaching experience equaled zero entering the following season, and the 2011 edition of the Bulldogs produced an 8-4 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Bay Springs fell to Bassfield, and since then, have been all focus on 2012.

"We took no days off after we got beat by Bassfield," said Milner, who's entering his second season with the Bulldogs, "We got right back in the weight room on Monday, and our kids have really been dedicated, not only in the offseason, but the summer as well."

As easy as it is to credit Milner for the team's turnaround, he gives all the praise to the players, and the atmosphere they provide both on Fridays and on the practice field during the week. "Our kids really bought in to working hard, doing the things they have to during the week, because that's what pays off on Friday nights," said Milner, "We learned that it's an everyday process, and we take it step by step, day by day."

For the Bulldogs, the next day is game day. They'll host cross town rival Stringer to open up the season, and Milner wants a big turnout. "I hope a big crowd comes out to support our kids," Milner says.

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