Two future Mosley Dolphins prepare for "Elite" football game in June
A pair of local 14 year olds are getting set to play in what is likely to be the first competitive football game played in this state since the pandemic broke out.
Those two players are Kevin Gibbens and Jake Pippin. Friends and teammates in 8th grade at North Bay Haven, they will move on to Mosley come August. Before they do that, they will play in a game hosted by "Elite Future Stars Football", in Orlando, June 13th.
"I've been playing in these games for about three years now." Kevin Gibbens told me via a Skype interview. "And I've never had anybody on Panama City on my team. And I finally convinced Jake to play with me. This year so but yeah I found out about it when I was in sixth grade, from my friend Randy Pittman he's at Mosley now."
So Kevin has been involved with these games for a few years. Jake Piippin will be playing in his first "Elite" game.
"It really just came in my mind to get my name out there for colleges and like for my future." Pippin told me. 'And All American and stuff. A chance to play."
"There's different locations to try out in Florida." Gibbens adds, talking about how they were chosen for this year's North squad. "Tallahassee Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tampa, Daytona and Miami. And they post things on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and stuff and if you come across it you're allowed to try out. Anybody can try out. It's third, fourth ,fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade."
So these two future Mosley Dolphins will take part in the 14 year old game in Orlando June 13th. Originally it was supposed to be Florida vs. Texas, but Texas pulled out because of the pandemic. So it's North-South players in-state.That game set to air on national television, ESPN2. So there will be serious exposure involved. And again these games will be the first competitive football games played in state since the lockdown.
Jake an offensive lineman, Kevin a tight end and receiver