Originally created 05/30/99

Glenn Hills camp invites NFL players



Three current NFL players will make a visit to Glenn Hills' fourth annual football camp.

Atlanta Falcon linebacker Jessie Tuggle, former Glenn Hills standout Jerry Ellison, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Antonio Edwards of the Carolina Panthers will help teach fundamentals and football techniques at the camp that runs June 25-26 at Lumpkin Road Stadium.

"This is the first football camp not at a college or at a university in the area," said Glenn Hills football coach Emmett Watkins. "With everything that is going on, we need something positive going on."

The camp is for youth ages 8-12, then for ages 13 to rising seniors. The cost is $30 and includes instructions, lunch and a camp T-shirt. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

"We're putting on this camp to give kids something to do during the summer and inspire them," Watkins said.

For more information call Watkins at (706) 796-4929 or (706) 798-5919 for more information. Registration deadline is June 18.

TEAM GEORGIA:

Three area high school players were invited to play for Team Georgia this summer. For the second straight year, Evans senior B.J. Long has been invited to play for the squad.

In addition, Evans junior Jamal Jones and Greenbrier junior Jon Johnson have also been invited to play for Team Georgia's junior team, compiled of the state's top juniors.

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF:

It's just 96 days until the high school football season kicks off. Augusta's newest school, Cross Creek High in south Richmond County, officially opens its season on Sept. 3.

The Razorbacks will play a junior varsity schedule, opening with Richmond Academy's junior varsity team. They will meet Josey's JV on Sept. 11, Hephzibah's JV on Sept. 18, Butler's JV on Sept. 24, Glascock County on Oct. 1, Elloree (SC) on Oct. 8, at Aquinas on Oct. 15, Glenn Hills JV on Oct. 22, Laney's JV on Oct. 29 before rounding out the season with Evans' JV on Nov. 6.

Glascock County, Aquinas and Elloree (S.C.) will offer varsity competition for the Razorbacks.

Al Young, who has been an assistant coach at Silver Bluff High School and Thomson High School over the last 10 years, will be the school's head coach. The former NFL Pittsburgh Steelers player also is the school's athletic director.

Tim Morse covers high schools for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3216.