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Bay High seeks strong start to Foreman era

2016 Bay High football team on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.
2016 Bay High football team on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

The Ben Foreman era as head coach of the Bay High Tigers begins on Friday night in a game at West Harrison High School.

A thirteen-year veteran of the coaching ranks, Foreman assumed his first varsity head coaching position after nine years in the Bay High program and four years prior at Long Beach.

Foreman brings a wealth of experience and leadership to a program that has struggled over the past three seasons, which was preceded by a big 2012 season when the Tigers racked up 12 twelve wins and only two losses.

Foreman was the defensive coordinator that season as he has been for the past seven seasons.

The first-year varsity head coach faces several immediate challenges on the field, primarily building an offensive line that lacks size and experience and a new starting quarterback.

“One of the things we're trying to change is the mentality, especially with the O-line,” Foreman said. “You've got to win that battle up front, at least for a little bit. With the O-line and D-line, we are working with their strength and their mentality with the jobs they need to do. With the O-line, hopefully, with Vernon Barnes coming, you won't have to hold it long.”

Barnes is one of the bright spots on the Tigers' roster. At 6 feet, 190 pounds, the senior running back brings toughness, quickness and leadership, as well as an attitude of redemption as he overcomes an injury-shortened junior season.

“He's got size; he's got speed. He was injured last year, and even with his injury, he was consistently timed at 4.5 (seconds in the 40-yard dash)," said Foreman. “His leadership is outstanding; his work ethic tremendous. He makes people around him better. We're going to get the ball in his hands.”

Another bright spot is Jaylen Wilson, who is stepping into the role of quarterback. The quick-footed 6-foot, 170-pound junior moves from receiver to signal caller. He and Barnes will lead the Tigers' offense, which will feature various formations to create opportunities for them to get past the line of scrimmage.

Justin McKee is joined by Cade and Cooper Compretta as other players expected to share ball-carrying duties for the Tigers.

“Our main focus has been the offensive line,” added Foreman. “It doesn't matter what football you play, whether it's high school or college, it starts up front. That's where our main concentration has been.”

Senior lineman Chris Brown brings leadership and size to the offensive tackle position. Yancey Mayfield is the other tackle. Bryce Barbay is the center. Several players are still battling for starters at the guard positions.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers are young with five returning starters. But they should be pretty good. The linebackers are solid. Sophomore Cade Compretta brings toughness along with his brother, senior Cooper Compretta, who brings leadership and junior Kyrie Hodges, who plays fast and with "great effort."

“Cade is tough and has a nose for the ball,” said Foreman. “He plays downhill. He recorded 19 tackles against Moss Point as a freshman.

“Our defense should be the strength of our team. I cut my teeth on the defensive side of the ball,” added Foreman. “Defensively we are going to be young. We're going to have several freshmen out there. The freshmen have been working hard in the weight room. Some of them out there we've been very impressed with, especially Sam Shepherd and Jordan Calomese.”

Shepherd is expected to start at free safety and Calomese at defensive end.

Senior Bo Bowman will handle kicking and punting duties.

At a glance

2015 Record: 4-6 (1-4, district)

Region: 8-4A

Head Coach: Ben Foreman

Assistant Coaches: Addaryl Edwards, Greg Necaise, Colby Adam, Cliff Malley and Seth Swinney

Offense: Multiple

Defense: 3-3 Stack

2016 schedule

Aug. 19

At West Harrison

Aug. 26


Sept. 2


Sept. 9

At Richton

Sept. 16


Sept. 23


Sept. 30

At Pass Christian

Oct. 7


Oct. 14

At Vancleave

Oct. 21

At East Central

Oct. 28


2016 Roster

1 Vernon Barnes

2 Jaylen Wilson

3 Clarence Kennedy

6 Frankie Bramlette

7 James Posey

9 Justin McKee

11 Terre' Johnson

12 Dominick Anderson

13 Kaleb Leavens

14 Dallas Payne

15 John Russo

16 Sam Sheppard

17 Bo Bowman

18 Antonio Saltalamacchia

19 Tyri Saucier

20 Darian Bradley

21 Maxwell Lewis

22 Hunter Doussann

24 Skylar Primus

25 Tristian Newkirk

26 Ja'Hari Lewis

27 Cooper Hart

28 Austin Ladner

35 Kameron Taylor

36 Zachary West

40 Kyre Hodges-Campello

42 Cade Compretta

44 Cooper Compretta

46 Dalton Bourgeois

48 Pharoah Lyons

50 Frank Delsied

52 Dylan Spiers

54 Myles Veals

55 Andre Daniels

57 Frank Reyes

58 Bryce Fegurgur

59 Greg Gill

60 Darius Alexander

61 Justin Creel

62 Garrett Deal

63 Chase Cato

64 Kross Lafontaine

65 Devin Broome

66 Nathan Fleming

70 Hunter Hilbert

71 Yancey Mayfield

72 Jackson Benigno

73 Chris Brown Jr.

74 Chase Necaise

75 Bryce Barbay

76 Carson Island

82 Fred Bell