Sullivan football team makes memories, bonds at camp


MEROM, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Football is back for the Sullivan Golden Arrows.

After COVID-19 canceled the team’s camp in 2020, this year they returned to the historic campus in Merom for a bonding experience.

“It means the world to these kids,” coach Blaine Powell said. “I still talk to guys in the mid-2000s that talk about Merom camp. Things they did. Things we did. It’s an awesome place. For some of these kids this is the hardest thing they will do in their life. To get through it and accomplish it. It carries on.”

For camp, the Arrows spend three days off the grid where the game on the field is just as important as the showdown indoors.

“I really missed it last year,” William Newby said. “We come out here and we bond. Not to have that time with our seniors. We come together out here and have a great time out here.”

Surviving three of the hottest days of the year with your squad should pay big dividends when the season starts.

“You have some adverse conditions with this field and you have to get closer with your teammates to get through everything,” Randy Kelley said.

The 2020 sectional champs are ready to roll in 2021.

“It raises your expectations,” Powell said. “The kids are excited to get after another team and get the season rolling.”

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