Eagles excel at training camp
by Lisa Christensen
Jul 09, 2013 | 2256 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Sumiton Christian football team participated in a training camp at the University of West Alabama recently. Those who participated are, front row, from left: Chris Sorsby, Nick Collins, Dalton Steadman, Riley Blackmon, Zack Collins and Jerry McCrary, back row, Garrett Glass, Brad Seale, Joseph Christensen, Nick Norris and Connor White.
Members of the Sumiton Christian football team participated in a training camp at the University of West Alabama recently. Those who participated are, front row, from left: Chris Sorsby, Nick Collins, Dalton Steadman, Riley Blackmon, Zack Collins and Jerry McCrary, back row, Garrett Glass, Brad Seale, Joseph Christensen, Nick Norris and Connor White.
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The Sumiton Christian High School football team sent 11 players to a recent training camp sponsored by the 2012 Gulf South Conference champion University of West Alabama Tigers.

The camp provided training for offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers.

Sumiton Christian’s players made the most of the opportunity.

Mike McCarty, who is the tight end coach for the Tigers and a graduate of Sumiton Christian, was proud of what he saw from the Eagles. “My views on the Eagles may be biased but I would enjoy having all of them back next year,” McCarty said.”

Nick Norris, who is entering his sophomore year at Sumiton Christian, placed second in the junior varsity division of defensive linemen.

“We learned a lot of different techniques and footwork to get around offensive lineman. It was a good experience to get to be around a college campus and to meet new coaches. I hope we get to go next year,” Norris said.

Five Eagles competed in the five-man sled pull competition against 11 other teams. The Eagles’ team consisted of Riley Blackmon, Joseph Christiansen, Nick Norris, Brad Seale, and Connor White. The Eagles placed second.

“We could have done better but, placing second in a competition with 11 other teams is a great accomplishment for us. Next year, if we go, we will win,” said Christiansen, who is center for the Eagles.

Among the 130 players from Alabama and Mississippi who attended the camp were Deshay Averhart of Corner High School, who won top linebacker in the varsity division, and Brady Pugh of Walker High School, who won top honor for tight end in the varsity division.