The revived 7AAA Football Jamboree showed the strengths and weaknesses of our local teams.
Blackman and La Vergne matched second quarter touchdowns in the 7AAA Jamboree held at Riverdale Friday night, but La Vergne missed the extra point and the Blaze held on for the 7-6 win.
Blackman was missing a starting running back but got fine play from a dominating offensive line and a touchdown from junior running back Cole Notgrass at the end of a 64-yard drive.
La Vergne defense didn’t break and the Wolverines got good play from quarterback CJ Fore and a touchdown from senior tailback Daryl James at the end of a 73-yard drive.
Siegel showed why the Stars are likely playoff bound with a dominating offensive and defensive performance in beating a rebuilding Smyrna team 21-7. Siegel touchdowns were scored by Brent Stockstill, Dakota Crane and Andrew Knox while the Bulldog score was by Jackson Holland.
Frankly Siegel often appeared to have enough talent to field two teams, while Smyrna has only seven seniors. But the Bulldogs do have an adequate ground game when Jaccarrio Vaughn Keydexon Brown carry the ball.
In the evenings final tilt, Oakland played with more spirit, determination and purpose and, as a result, recorded a 7-0 shutout over their crosstown Riverdale rival.
The Riverdale defense was generally good and Dillon Woodruff did complete two fine passes to the speedy and sure handed Mariko Odom, but Riverdale never scored.
Oakland’s defense bent but never broke and the Pats got a long touchdown play in the second quarter from Tyler Black to ice the win. I was also impressed with Oakland quarterback Emmanuel Smith, who I am convinced can lead his team.
This is the first Jamboree in 12 years and, although the La Vergne and Smyrna crowds were below average, the other schools were well represented. Next year the Jamboree will be at this year’s District winner’s field and it is almost certain that the matchups will be different.
Next week the games count.