Eight football teams will scrimmage each other Friday in Mount Airy High’s annual 7-on-7 drills.
The four local schools will take part: Mount Airy, North Surry, East Surry and Surry Central. Also coming are Davidson Day School, Davie County, East Gaston and Forbush.
Four practices will take place simultaneously around the campus, starting at 5:30 p.m.. Using just half the field, two teams will square off on each end of the main field in Wallace Shelton Stadium.
Then Mount Airy has lined-off areas for its offensive and defensive practices behind the tennis courts that will host the other two scrimmages.
Each team will have two sessions of offensive plays and two sessions for defense. In those sessions, a team will run 10 plays, then switch sides with the opponent.
“Feel free to stop and coach every down,” Mount Airy head coach Kelly Holder told his fellow coaches. “That’s what this is for.”
While this is a 7-on-7 drill with no defensive lineman to chase the quarterback, teams want the plays to feel realistic, so the QB will get the ball out of his hands in 4-5 seconds.
Because of the expected heat, the Bears will provide water coolers at all four sites with timeouts for the heat if necessary.
For the first scrimmage, Mount Airy takes on Davie County and North Surry faces Davidson Day School in the stadium.
Surry Central and East Surry will be on one practice field while Forbush and East Gaston will be on another.
Then the teams will rotate so that everyone gets three practices.