From Staff Reports
The Unicoi County High School football program is inviting boys in third, fourth and fifth grades to play in a youth league this summer.
“It is an exciting time for Unicoi County football,” head coach Drew Rice said. “We are entering the second year of our flag football league backed by the National Football League’s Flag Football program.”
Rice said tryouts will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m. at Gentry Stadium. Practice will begin on Aug. 2 and the first games will be played on Aug. 16.
“Teams will play at least five games and have a playoff leading up to the Blue Devil Bowl to be played on Sept. 27,” Rice said. “All games will be played at Gentry Stadium and the entire season will be completed by the beginning of fall break.”
Rice described the league as “a top priority for our football program as a whole.”
“We believe that for our high school team to be successful, we must begin cultivating well-rounded football players at the elementary age,” Rice said. “This league, which is fully backed by both Unicoi County schools and the National Football League, plans to be the first step in a very successful football career for these young athletes.”
The cost of the league, which includes a reversible jersey, flags and player/parent membership in USA Football, is $40. Players should register online at https://www.nflflag.com/form/player (where they should select Tennessee/Unicoi County Football League). Checks should be made payable to UCFL and mailed to Unicoi County Middle School Attention: Coach Hensley, 599 S. Mohawk Dr., Erwin, TN 37650.