ASHEVILLE — The Avery High School football team journeyed to Asheville’s Erwin High School on Tuesday, July 9, to participate in a day of 7-on-7 competition against various high school teams across Western North Carolina.

The day-long event was hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a program that unites faith and athletics to “impact the world for Jesus Christ,” according to the FCA website.

The day of sports and prayer began with a gathering of all the young athletes and coaches to listen to a short sermon on Christian virtues. The remainder of the day was spent playing the game as a sort of preseason warmup for the players and coaches alike.

The Vikings did well in their games, according to ACHS Head Football Coach Mac Bryan.

“We were missing a few guys who are important to our equation,” said Bryan. “But we play a lot of 7-on-7, so we were able to hold our own against some of the larger schools.”

Bryan is a fan of attending the annual day-long camp put on by FCA.

“As long as I’m the head coach here at Avery, we’ll be attending the event,” Bryan added. “I think it strengthens our ability as football players, as well as our faith.”

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