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Football teams gather for workout, competition


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Challenge brought most high school football teams in Alamance County and several other teams to the Williams campus for an array of workout activities and competition last Thursday.

Ten schools participated in the 7-on-7 competition, which is a pass-oriented activity. Some teams also had linemen involved in drills and strength competitions.

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There were teams from four counties (Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford).

Southern Alamance hadn’t participated in the event in recent years. The Patriots, though, were the tug-of-war winners, defeating Eastern Guilford in the final after dispatching Williams in the semifinal.

The day reunited many players and coaches without concerns about wins and losses.

“It’s good to see this many involved,” Williams coach Patrick Stokes said. “That’s what it’s all about, giving them a chance to be part of something and you see it in the numbers.”

The summer sessions are chances for teams to work on improvements and familiarity, particularly with new coaches at three area schools (Eastern Alamance, Graham, and Southern Alamance).

There’s the matter of replenishing rosters and retooling schemes. It’s also about creating new identities, Cummings quarterback Devin Witherspoon said.

“We have a chip on our shoulder,” Witherspoon said. “We lost a lot of people. We lost Jonathan Paylor.”

Paylor, who a year ago was one of the most coveted recruits in the state, began offseason workouts at North Carolina State earlier this month after graduating from Cummings.

High school teams have been going in various directions. Cummings took part in a team camp at Wingate, while Western Alamance was involved in a camp at North Carolina Wesleyan.

  • Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas combines were held during the spring at Princeton, Greensboro Page, and Asheville Reynolds to assist in the selection of players, who are seniors during the 2024 fall season, for the annual December game that pits football standouts from North Carolina against their counterparts from South Carolina.

Tryouts wrap up with an invitation-only event with 100 players July 13 at Eastern Guilford. Western Alamance coach Jeff Snuffer is an assistant coach for North Carolina’s team.

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