Pickens plans spring game, youth events

PICKENS — Pickens football players of all ages are gearing up for a busy few weeks.

Friday night, Pickens High School will wrap up spring practice with its annual Blue/White Football Game, which will kick off at 6 p.m. at Blue Flame Stadium.

Admission to the game is free, but first-year head coach John Boggs and the Pickens TD Club are asking all fans to bring a pack of Gatorade or a box of granola bars — pop tarts, cereal bars and snack bars work, too — to help feed the Blue Flame as they travel to camps, 7-on-7 events and lineman competitions throughout the summer. In other words, your ticket to the game is either a pack of Gatorade or snack bars, Boggs said.

In addition, the TD Club will be selling hot dog plates — including two hot dogs, chips and a drinks — for $5 each.

The TD Club will also be hosting an NFL Youth Flag Football League during the month of June.

The dates for the league will be June 10, 17 and 24. Games will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on those days.

Early signup is $50 and includes an NFL Flag Jersey. Cost will be $60 after May 29, as the early registration deadline has been extended from the original date May 22. Anyone who is interested should call Boggs at (864) 985-3104 or e-mail for details.

Each five-man team will play three games per week. The players will compete in three age divisions — 8-10 years old, 11-12 years old and 13-14 years old.

The league is a fun-first league designed to expose kids to the game of football in a non-contact environment. All games will be supervised by PHS coaches.

The PHS football staff will also be hosting a youth football camp on July 1 at the high school. The day camp is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and the cost is $25. All participants will receive lunch, a snack and a camp T-shirt. Participants in the NFL Flag League will receive free admission to the youth camp.