Coaching up

Avery Vikings head football coach Mac Bryan offers encouragement and instruction to an Avery defensive back during a recent 7-on-7 event at MacDonald Stadium. The Big Red earned a pair of wins in 7-on-7 competition last week at Lake Norman High School.

LAKE NORMAN — With a strong home performance in the previous week’s 7-on-7 event at MacDonald Stadium, Avery High School football looked to maintain momentum as it rode the bus off the mountain to Lake Norman High School for a 7-on-7 event featuring South Rowan, host Lake Norman, and West Iredell on Tuesday, June 25.

In the first contest against host Lake Norman, the matchup was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout. Both teams managed to score once on the opposing defense, but Lake Norman added a second touchdown to capture a narrow 2-1 win.

Avery faced West Iredell in its second 7-on-7 of the day, battling to a stalemate against West, as the game finished in a 3-3 tie.

The Vikings completed its first rotation of games with a matchup against South Rowan. Both teams found the end zone offensively on multiple occasions, with South picking up a one-score victory at 4-3.

After a short break, it was back to the gridiron for more action, as Avery took on the hosts from Lake Norman for a second time. The host school again came out on top by earning a 3-2 win.

Undaunted, the Vikings went back to work against West Iredell, playing perhaps its best football of the event, scoring four times while holding West to just two scores, then finished the day with another win, defeating South Rowan 3-2 in its rematch.

Avery takes a break due to the state-mandated dead period of inactivity before traveling to Erwin High School next week in Buncombe County for the team’s annual trip to the FCA Team Camp.

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