KING — West Stokes hosted the seventh annual Offensive/Defensive Lineman Challenge last Thursday and welcomed East Surry, North Surry, and old conference foe Central Davidson to King for the event.
“We added Central Davidson this year and lost Starmount, but then McMichael and Elkin backed out at the last minute,” said West Stokes football coach Jimmy Upchurch. “We did a little different format this year and it went very smooth. I believe everyone enjoyed it. We worked on our passing game in the seven-on-seven’s that we take our skilled guys to and this event is a way to get our lineman recognized. Without them, we wouldn’t be successful.”
The obstacle course, tire flip, farmers’ walk, sled drive and tug-of-war were team events this year, while the tire tug and a smaller tire flip were set up as individual competitions.
Three groups represented the Wildcats’ Team A and won the farmers’ walk and came in second in the obstacle course and tug-of-war. Members of the team included Julius Smith, Brendan Beavers, Luke Mickey, Lukas Martin and Tanner Tyndall.
West’s Team B of Aidan Elias, Daniel Cooke, Dalton Brewer, Jimmy Daughtry, and freshman Christian Perez placed second during the big team tire flip. North Surry’s Team A of Kaleb Hunt, Matthew Cox, Luke Johnson, Jayden Edwards, and Will Glass defeated them by less than a second, and were also victorious against the Cats’ A team in the tug-of-war.
East Surry’s squad of Mackenzie Baker, Isaac Washington, Sam Collins, Mitchell Edwards, and Dylan Sawyers conquered the obstacle course and finished second in the farmers’ walk.
During the individual competitions, the players were divided by weights and grades. Shane Johnson from Central Davidson won the 200 pound and under tire tug and North Surry’s Tyler Ramey triumphed in the 200 pound and over division. The Greyhounds’ Riley Jenkins and Elijah Moore won the 10th-grade event, while the Wildcats’ Jimmy Daughtry, Luke Mickey, Tanner Tyndall, and Julius Smith swept the junior and senior divisions.
Winners in the tire flip included Hunter Koontz (Central Davidson), Riley Jackson (North Surry), Tyndall, and Edwards. Both Tyndall and Edwards finished with 37 flips, Jackson 34 and Koontz 28.
“I was happy with the way our guys performed today,” Upchurch said. “They have worked really hard, and their effort showed that today. We also really appreciate North Surry, East Surry, and Central Davidson coming out this year, but we really want to grow this thing. We sent out multiple emails hoping we could get more teams, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the football players that attended. We would like to see all of the teams from our conference and the WPAC attend next year.”
Robert Money can be reached at (336) 749-1193.