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Jamboree spirit can’t be drenched

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Mother Nature can’t get upperhand this time

By Jason Perry

Despite weather forecasts and rainy weather earlier in the day, the 2017 Roane County Football Jamboree kicked off Friday evening at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

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With the season set to kickoff next week, the Jamboree is a showcase for the Roane fans to get an idea, a taste of things to come. All of five schools and their respective programs were on display.

The Jamboree, although a pre-season scrimmage, is presented as games within a game. Each Roane team was featured in different quarters with the Rockwood Tigers, as the host team, squaring off with the Oliver Springs Bobcats in the final frame.

“People don’t realize how much work goes into this,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said, “I had a ton of help, I don’t want to mention any names cause I had a ton of people helping to put this together and I don’t want to leave anyone out.

“I’m glad the weather cooperated with us and we had a big crowd.”

Scott County 7,

Harriman 0

The opening stanza saw the Harriman Blue Devils get edged out, 7-0, at the hands of the Scott Highlanders.

Harriman’s defense forced the Highlanders to punt after a quick three-play possession. The Devils took over at their own 25-yard line.

Harriman didn’t waste time in getting the motor going on offense.

The Devils took the ground to start the series. Trezdin Copeland punctuated the first few plays with a dive up the middle straight into the mouth of the Scott County defensive front. Copeland’s run, only one yard on third down, was enough to keep things alive for Harriman.

The next play was a long strike coming on a pass from Bradley Frost to an open receiver streaking down the sideline. Although completed, the play was overturned because the Devils were called for an ineligible receiver down field.

After the penalty put Harriman back to the 30-yard line and facing first and 15, Sheldon Anderson was caught in the backfield by a number of Highlander defenders for a five-yard loss.

Giovanni Cromwell got the Devils in the right direction with a one-yard run.

All of this set up a 23-yard pass from Frost to Chris Worthy. Harriman was able to keep the ball pounding at the Scott defense.

After a number of rushes that eventually added up to take the Devils forward, the offense faced fourth down and three yards to go on the Highlander’s 40-yard line. Copeland got the call and plunged forward for three yards, but it was inches short.

Scott regained the ball with good field position.

Quarterback Grainger Smith hooked up with Ryan Newport for a 39-yard toss on first down, putting the Highlanders in striking distance of the endzone.

Three plays later, Smith galloped in from 16 yards out, breaking the deadlock. After the point after kick, the score was 7-0.

Harriman couldn’t get back into a rhythm, quickly going three-and-out on the next possession.

The Devil defense was able to force a fumble and recover it when Dillon Steele fell on the ball during the next Highlander drive.

A long bomb by Sheldon Anderson was picked off by Mason Owens on the Scott 17-yard line two plays later.

Kingston 7,

Oneida 0

The second quarter saw the Kingston Yellow Jackets down the Oneida Indians, 7-0.

The frame saw both teams jockey for position, but neither could maintain the upper hand for long.

After the Yellow Jackets’ first drive quickly ended with a punt, Oneida took over at its own 20-yard line.

The Indians put together a 12-play drive, going all the way to the Kingston 30 before turning the ball over on downs.

It was then the Jackets’ turn to mount a 12-play drive themselves.

The drive was highlighted by runs from Matt Spellman, Bradley Keathley, Nathan Jones, and Gavin Daniels.

Although Kingston rode a number of legs, it was quarterback Brandon Plemens’ legs that werethe most efficient.

Facing a fourth and four situation on the Indians’ 48-yard line, Plemens kept the ball and scampered around the end for a 12-yard gain to keep the drive alive.

Keathley contributed a pair of runs totaling 26 yards to bring the Jackets to within six yards of the goal line.

Plemens dropped back to pass, looking to toss the ball in for a score. Instead he was caught in the backfield by the Oneida defense for a seven-yard loss.

If the quarterback was bothered by this set back, he didn’t show it. Plemens plowed up the middle on the next play to score a 13-yard touchdown. After the kick, the score was 7-0 in Kingston’s favor with a little more than a minute on the clock.

Oneida 20,

Midway 6

The highest scoring quarter came at the expense of the Roane County team. The Indians beat the Midway Green Wave, 20-6.

After going down field in nine plays and 70 yards, the drive was capped by Colby Boyatt falling forward into the endzone for Oneida’s first score.

Midway quickly answered.

On the third play from scrimmage, Jason Taylor found Hunter Mims on a slant route. The junior receiver hauled in the pass and outran everyone for a 59-yard touchdown. A missed extra point put the score at 7-6.

Oneida scored twice more in the quarter, on a one-yard run from quarterback Benji Lambet and again just as time expired on a 32-yard rush from Boyatt.

Rockwood 14,

Oliver Springs 7

The Rockwood Tigers faced off against the Oliver Springs Bobcats in the final quarter and in many ways this gave fans a true taste of the season to come.

Because of realignment and classification, the teams won’t play in the regular season, so it gave a glimpse of what could have been.

The Tigers emerged with a 14-7 win against the Bobcats.

It didn’t take long to set the tone.

Runs from Joe Ashburn, Zander Price, and Caleb Bowen set the stage for quarterback Nate Brackett to comfortably survey the field and find Trey Treadway for 26-yard pass.

The pass put Rockwood on the Oliver Springs 13-yard line and Tre Falls rumbled into the endzone on the next play, virtually untouched.

“That’s points, that’s what we want to try to do is get on the board,” Webb said.

“Oliver Springs has got a good football team.

“We didn’t get to prepare for them and I’m sure they didn’t get to prepare for us. It was a shot in the dark.

“We tell our kids not to worry about anyone right now, we’ll do that next week.”

Not to be outdone, the Bobcats scored on their next drive, nine play affair that went 70 yards.

The possession was highlighted with passes from Blake Crass and runs from Landen Everett, Dillon Walls, and Michael Crawford.

It was Walls who sealed the deal when he zipped into the endzone from five yards out. After Zach Brooks kicked the extra point, the game was knotted at 7.

Rockwood scored on its next drive thanks to a 10-yard run offtackle by Dylan Williams to cap off a nine-play possession.

“We wanted to play one another in the season,” Webb said, “it’s a county game, a county rival.

“We’ve played a lot over the years but this year we just couldn’t get it worked for us so we could play.”

The season starts next Friday, August 18. Rockwood will host Midway. Kingston will host Harriman. Oliver Springs will host Bledsoe County. All games are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.