SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Ever since the Cam Newton 7 on 7 tournament was announced a few months ago, high school football players around the area have been waiting for this weekend.
Today, they finally kicked it all off.
More than 20 teams from the Coastal Empire and Low Country hit the fields at the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex Friday for the 7 on 7 tournament put on by Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton and his foundation.
The man himself was in town Friday, and he was happy to see the area talent getting to show off what they can do.
“Listen, there is talent everywhere," Newton says. "And we just wanted to put on an event where these kids could come out and show not only to the people around, but also prove to themselves they’re well capable of playing if they have aspirations of going to the next level.”
The players were excited to get out and play and get back to football. But for a lot of them, this was a chance to a bonafide football star up close and personal.
“I’m just ready to see Cam man. Just ready to see him," says Statesboro senior wide receiver Curtis Willis. "I don’t want to talk to him. I just want to put on a show for him. That’s it.”
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience, you know," says Johnson junior quarterback, George McDowell. "You don’t get this very often, especially in Savannah.”
Friday’s action ended a little early thanks to those rainstorms that came through. They’ll pick it up at 8 a.m. Saturday. Play moves to Memorial Stadium after lunch tomorrow.