Jamborees highlight weekend football schedule

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By Goose Lindsay


Area football fans will get their fill this weekend as Oliver Springs will host the 2014 Roane County Football Jamboree Friday evening featuring all five county high school teams. 

“It’s going to be an exciting night,” Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett said. “Roane County is football crazy and it’s going to be a good environment for the fans and teams.”

Brackett’s Bobcats will play the final game of the evening against Harriman and the two quarters of action against the Blue Devils will be important for a squad that has witnessed its preseason scrimmage schedule hampered by cancellations and weather.

“We’re going to use it as a teaching tool,” Brackett said. “We’re starting six freshmen and we need all the work we can get right now.”

Brackett’s situation might not be the same as all county teams. 

Rockwood enters play Friday fresh off a full-scale scrimmage against Scott the night before and Tiger head coach John Webb may rest some of his players.

“We’re going to play it by ear,” Webb said. “We have to see how much work we get in with our ones and twos, and we’ll have to see what we might need to work on.”

Friday’s jamboree isn’t the only chance for area football fans to hear the sounds of pads popping, as Saturday Midway will play host to the 2014 Tennessee Valley Athletic Association Jamboree for area youth league teams. 

The action starts at 9 a.m. with Oliver Springs taking on Spring City. The first game will see mighty mite action followed by crickets, hoppers and then cutters.

The set up will be the same at noon when Kingston takes on Rockwood.

The final set of games begins at 3 p.m. with Midway entertaining Harriman.