DAILY LEADER / Photo Submitted / Gunner Kelly is a 12 year old, upcoming seventh grader at Trinity High School in Dickinson, North Dakota. He was a resident of Meadville and attended Brookhaven Academy until 2011. Gunner is the son of Shane and Amanda Kelly of Dickinson, formerly of Meadville, and the grandson of Dwayne and Judy Burns of Bogue Chitto.
Kelly attended Offense-Defense Football Camp at Colorado State University in Fort Collins earlier this month. Offense-Defense is one of the largest, full contact football camps for youth and high school in the country. Campers receive instruction from various college coaches as well as former NFL players. Each camper competed for an invitation to the camp’s bowl games for each age group which is held in Orlando on New Year’s Day.
Former participants in the bowl games include Cam Newton and the Saints’ 2014 draft pick, Brandin Cooks. The campers also compete for the camp’s “MVP ranking” which is held by the campers with the top 10 overall scores from each camp. Gunner received both of these honors receiving an invitation to play in the bowl game, and he ranked No. 10 of 65 campers ranging in age from 11-17.