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Jun 21, 2013 8:08 PM by Andrew Masuda

Morro Bay football kicks off "Bash at the Beach"

The summer season of competition for high school football programs kicked off on Friday at Morro Bay High School. The Pirates are hosting their second annual Bash at the Beach 7-on-7 Passing Tournament.

Thirty teams from across the state, as well as local teams like Templeton, Paso Robles and Nipomo, are getting some a head start on preparations for the 2013 season. The passing tournament allows coaches to evaluate players in a pass oriented game of two-hand touch football.

The host Pirates say the two day event provides a win-win situation for their program.

"We're preparing for a tough schedule. So we're trying to see what we can do against a playoff-type team, if we make the playoffs. So hopefully our kids are going to learn from this and just get better," said second year head coach Jack Greer. Last fall in his rookie season as head coach, Greer guided the Pirates to an 8-4 record and appearance in the second round of the CIF playoffs. He turned around a team that went just 1-9 in 2011.

"We're a little short on fundraising this year so it'll really help. We're trying to get new equipment. But mainly, we're just out here to compete, to get better and to practice our plays going into the season," said senior quarterback Dan Beavers, who last season made 43 tackles on defense and compiled 170 total yards on offense.

The tournament continues on Saturday at 9am with the 7-on-7 passing and a lineman challenge. The championship passing game is set for 6 pm. The lineman challenge includes five beach events, the obstacle course, barrel roll, tire flip relay, medicine ball dash and medicine ball shot put. Five other events will take place on the field.

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