August 12, 2019 02:35 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Before the Vikings hit the gridiron at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center for training camp on Saturday, the complex saw some high school talent from around the state.
The Vikings hosted a high school skills challenge, where six high school football teams were invited to participate in this event. Two of them were local, the Chatfield Gophers and the reigning 9-man state champions, the Spring Grove Lions.
Each team had a quarterback and skilled position players representing their program. The competition consisted of a couple of events such as a 40-yard dash to seeing how far their team's QB could throw.
Vikings Manger of Youth Football Development, Jeff Robinson, says this is the first time they have done this challenge at TCO during training camp, and that the experience is a win win for everyone.
"We get to see the high school kids as their going through their crafts, they've been working hard all summer, they get a chance to come to TCO, and compete against other teams, and they have a chance to win money for their schools," Robinson said. "[At] the same time they get a chance to go into our practice fields and watch training camp for a little while."
Something else that is crazy and cool about this event? This is the first time some of these programs have ever faced, or even heard of each other. It was a day filled with new teams, new competition, and a new turf these programs can say they have competed on.
"Oh it's a blast, I mean the DJ and stuff, something we're not used to," Spring Grove Senior QB, Chandler Bergrud, said. "I mean, I don't know, just get the butterflies in your stomach. It's a lot of fun."
This experience also helps the teams get into the football mindset as the high school season is right around the corner.
"Yeah I haven't heard of most of these teams, but now that I've heard about them I've got respect for them cause they're good teams and they'll probably have good seasons," Chatfield Junior QB, Reid Johnson, added.
St. Thomas Academy and Bloomington Kennedy finished in the top two on Saturday and will compete on August 18, at US Bank Stadium during the Vikings and Seattle Seahawks pre-season game. The winner will take home $2,500 to use toward their program.
Updated: August 12, 2019 02:35 PM
Created: July 27, 2019 07:11 PM
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