Local football teams gearing up for the season


North, South and West Stokes football teams took different paths this past week preparing for the upcoming season.

The Vikings took to the mountains of North Carolina early Friday morning and enjoyed a day of whitewater rafting before scrimmaging Andrews High on Saturday morning.

“We wanted to do something a little different for the guys and in the process help build our numbers a little bit,” said Viking coach Frank Sessoms. “They seemed to have fun. We had an opportunity to scrimmage Andrews and our lineman participated in a lineman challenge. They did better than I expected. Isaac (Wood) threw the ball well and the defense got a lot of work in.”

West Stokes accessed players and their abilities Friday during their annual Purple/Gold Game in front of family and friends.

“Our offense is a little head of the game,” said Wildcat coach Jimmy Upchurch. “Normally our defense will dominate the Purple/Gold game, but this year they were able to move the ball and expose our defense. We saw some good things on both sides of the ball. We are looking for some big things from our ten seniors this fall.”

South Stokes traveled to Eden Morehead and scrimmaged the Panthers and Tunstall High School from Dry Fork, Va. Morehead finished 6-6 last season and the Trojans 7-5. After the Sauras defense stifled the Panthers in 10-plays, Senior Paul Thomas Fischer carried the ball 20 yards up the left side to start the David Diamont era at South Stokes.

“We stayed very basic on offense and defense tonight,” said Diamont. “I was very pleased with some of our people that had never played before. Our big boys are out of shape and I thought some of our skill kids got good experience today and our secondary guys did really well. When we look at the tape, we will find a lot of things we need to work on, but it’s going to be fun.”

The Wildcats will hold a jamboree on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and then travel to West Forsyth on Friday. North will travel to South Stokes for the Sauras’ annual jamboree against Starmount and Eden Morehead on Friday.

Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.

Wildcats’ senior Amon Conrad will take the reigns at QB this season from graduated Tyler Smith.

West Stokes senior Chris Brown is set to make a huge impact this season.

West’s Jimmy Upchurch enters his 17th year as the Wildcats’ coach.

Sauras’ Paul Thomas Fischer will be the primary running back this season instead of playing quaterback.

Senior Jackson Boles will help anchor the Sauras’ defense.

South Stokes quarterback Logan Nelson will led the new offense of coach David Diamont.

North Stokes football players enjoyed a whitewater rafting trip last weekend.

Vikings’ coach Frank Sessoms booked a whitewater rafting trip to the Western part of North Carolina, then played Andrews in a scrimmage on Saturday.

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