South Stokes hosted their annual football jamboree on Saturday in preparation for opening game day and welcomed North Stokes, Starmount, High Point Christian, McMichael and Elkin High School.
The format for each team included ten plays on offense and then the other team took possession.
South played High Point Christian and McMichael, two of the most athletic teams present.
In the first matchup, South quickly moved down the field against the Cougars. High Point’s defense stiffened and didn’t allow a score after the Sauras moved inside the ten yard line. The defense held strong against the Cougars only allowing one score on the first possession, which came towards the end of their play limit.
“I told the kids that during a normal game our opponent is not going to run ten plays at a time,” said Mike Holmes, the Sauras coach. “If you noticed they were scoring between plays six through ten. Our defense looked good against both opponents and I’m very pleased. They were flying to the ball and having a good time today.”
Against McMichael, South wrangled back-to-back touchdowns.
“I think the more we played, the better our execution was,” Holmes stated. “We are 25 strong on varsity and we will have kids playing both ways. We’ll have to work on our conditioning next week because we have a very athletic team in West Stokes right out of the gate.”
North Stokes went up against Starmount and Elkin, showing improvement as the day went on.
“We have some work to do,” commented North’s coach Frank Sessoms. “We’ll keep going and correct some things we saw today. We have to take care of ourselves and things will start panning out. We just want to get to the house and view some film and see what our next step is.”
Linebacker Dylan Mabe made several key plays for the Vikings defense, and quarterback Colby Wrenn showed promise leading the offense at the quarterback position.
Both teams will open their regular season on Friday. North Stokes will host Alleghany, the team Sessoms has coached for the last six years, and South Stokes will visit rival West Stokes in King. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.