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Jamboree shows off all 5 county schools

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By Goose Lindsay

High school fans got a chance to see all five Roane County teams in action Friday as Kingston hosted the 2013 Roane County Football Jamboree.

Roane County’s five schools along with Oneida, Cumberland County and Wartburg participated in the high school portion of the schedule. Oneida, Midway and Kingston picked up wins in their 20-minute quarter while Rockwood and Oliver Springs battled to a scoreless tie.
Oneida defeated Cumberland County, 27-0, in the only period that did not involve a Roane County team.
Oliver Springs
vs. Rockwood
The Tigers and Bobcats were probably the two most evenly matched teams entering Friday’s jamboree and nothing changed as the score remained 0-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Oliver Springs did hold a statistical edge on the evening, as the Bobcats amassed 60 yards of offense on 16 plays compared to Rockwood gaining 30 yards on eight plays.
Shawn Childress led Bobcats on the night with six carries for 33 yards while QB Brandon Buck completed three of five passes for 13 yards.
Junior Drake Long paced Rockwood with 21 yards rushing on three carries.
Rockwood and Oliver Springs will open the regular season Friday night. The Tigers will host Oneida at Civitan Field while Oliver Springs makes the long road trip to Unaka.
Midway vs. Wartburg
Midway’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Green Wave varsity scored touchdowns on both possessions.
Midway opened the quarter with an eight-play, 70-yard drive that ended in a Shandon Lyle to Jonathan Beason 22-yard touchdown pass.
FB Austin Longmire set up the score, carrying the ball three times for 28 yards.
Midway’s next drive lasted six plays and covered 76 yards.
Lyle hooked up with Zach Qualls for a 42-yard strike to get the drive going then Longmire capped the drive with a four-yard run.
Caleb Splawn added the PAT to give the Green Wave a 13-0 victory.
Midway had a total of 145 yards offense on 17 plays.
Longmire led the Green Wave with 45 yards rushing on five carries while Lyle added 27 yards on four carries. Lyle also completed a pair of passes for 64 yards.
Wartburg ran the ball eight times for 52 yards while adding 18 yards through the air.
Midway opens their season Friday night with a road game at Tri-Cities Christian.
Kingston vs. Harriman
Like Midway, Kingston also scored twice in the 20-minute frame.
The Jackets opened the contest with a 10-play, 70-yard scoring drive that featured a lot of senior RB Dustin Kitts. He carried the ball twice in the drive for 31 yards while adding two receptions for 22 yards. Kitts’ second catch was a seven-yard touchdown toss from QB Logan Malenovsky.
Maurice Lane added the two-point conversion to give the Jackets an 8-0 lead.
Kingston’s second drive was much quicker as Lane capped a three-play, 92-yard drive with an 88-yard sprint to the end zone to make the score 14-0.
The Jackets ended the evening with 173 yards offense on 12 snaps.
Lane led the way rushing with three carries for 99 yards while Malenovsky completed three of four passes for 34 yards.
Harriman didn’t score Friday, but did have success moving the ball.
Harriman’s picked up a pair of first downs and picked up 40 yards on their first drive before a penalty helped kill their advancement.
The second Blue Devil drive lasted just two plays and ended as time expired. Mikey Roberts, however, did rip off a 40-yard run on the final play.
Harriman had 77 yards rushing on the evening with Roberts picking up 45 yards on three carries.
Brantley Taylor completed two of three passes for four yards to give Harriman 81 yards of total offense on 11 snaps.
Harriman opens the regular season Friday night when they host Hancock County.
Kingston doesn’t open the season until Friday, Aug. 30 when they host Grace Christian Academy. The Jackets, however, will scrimmage at Rhea County this Friday.