PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Gage Edwards Youth Football Camp will be held Monday (July 24) and Tuesday (July 25) at East Surry High School.
This camp, which has been hosted by the East Surry High School football coaching staff for more than 15 years, offers the opportunity for any person between the age of 8 to 13 (8th grade) to become a better football player. The camp is open to all area youth, including those who reside outside the East Surry school district.
The camp is now named in memory of an East Surry football player, Gage Edwards. Gage was a multi-sport athlete at East Surry. He was a fierce competitor with a big smile. Edwards was fatally injured in a single-car accident in February 2015, a few months before he would have begun his senior season of football for the Cardinals. East Surry played that season in his memory and won 13 games.
The cost is $20, and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The campers will use the facilities at East Surry High School in Pilot Mountain. The East Surry football staff and players will instruct in all phases of the game.
East Surry football has won 43 games in the past four seasons, and has won or shared the last three Northwest 1A Conference football titles. The Cardinals will again be among the favorites in the league this fall, coming off a 9-4 season and conference c-championship in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
The campers will learn how to throw, catch, and carry a football. Heads-Up Tackling will be taught, along with offensive and defensive stances. Blocking will be taught. Each camper will receive a T-shirt and snacks. Campers should bring both basketball shoes and football shoes if they have them.
Contact East Surry head football coach David Diamont at 336-368-2251 with any questions.