Bay senior class rakes in offers on National Signing Day


Thirteen Bay seniors signed scholarship offers, while another four qualified academically to attend schools of their choice.

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Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 01:50 PM.

PANAMA CITY — When it comes to wins and losses from the 2012 football season, Bay would prefer its record be 17 and 0.

That represents how many seniors played for the Tornadoes in the fall. It also is the same number that have the opportunity to attend college.

That much was reinforced Wednesday morning as 13 Tornadoes signed scholarships to play college football. The other four seniors from Bay’s 3-7 team have qualified academically to attend schools of their choice. (Click here for photos from area signings)

And the group signing tenders was enhanced by 2012 graduate Preston Brown, who inked a baseball scholarship.

“This is a day for the kids, a day for their families,” Bay head football coach Jimmy Longerbeam said. “Really, it’s the culmination of 12 years” in the education system.

The 13 football players won’t be seen on television anytime soon. There were not any Division I signees, rather the institutions they will attend ranging from a prep school, to junior colleges, NAIA member, Division II and another, Southeastern University in Lakeland that is only now starting its football program.

What they embody most is opportunity, and Bay Principal Billy May noted the signees will represent Bay High School across the country as far west as California and as far north as Minnesota.

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