Youth Football Night Planned for Sept. 6 at South River High School

On Friday, September 6, the South River Seahawks will host a Youth Football Night at its varsity football game against Annapolis High School.

Youth football players in South River’s feeder program including Crofton Athletic Council (CAC), Davidsonville Athletic Association (DAA) and South River Youth Athletics (SRYA) are invited to join in the fun while meeting new friends and future team members.

DAA football commissioner John Mandish helped organize this year’s event. Mandish said the event aims to build camaraderie between the players who will eventually play together on the same field.

“We want to bridge the gap so that when they get to high school they already know each other off and on the football field,” said Mandish.

Seahawks football coach Lance Clelland.

Seahawks football coach Lance Clelland.

At half-time, the kids get the opportunity to go down to the sidelines to meet South River Seahawks football coach Lance Clelland. Clelland said he will talk to the players about the importance of playing harder and smarter than your opponent, having fun while working together; and why it’s important to do well in school if  you want to play football in high school or possibly college.

“The youth night is a great event that we look forward to every year,” said Clelland. “Programs such as our South River Youth Football Camp and the Youth Football Night allow us to introduce our future student-athletes to the positive culture of South River Athletics and football.”

The game against Annapolis High School begins at 6:30 p.m.  Football players ages 5 to 13 years old from CAC, DAA and SRYA that wear their football jersey get in for free.

Admission for adults is $5 and there is no charge for siblings seven and under.

Are events such as Youth Football Night important for building camaraderie between different organizations? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to or call me at 301-906-4767.

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