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The odds makers probably would have said it was a long shot for the Fayetteville Lion’s Club to get in their 20th Annual Football Jamboree Saturday night as Mother Nature continues to provide one of the wettest summers on record.
But, the 5 p.m. first game kickoff took to the air on time, and two games followed without delay.
“We were really worried this year,” said Lions Club organizer Gary Wright. “In the 20 years we’ve had the Jamboree, we’ve had only one rescheduled and that was due to the heat index.
“As in past years, we had great support from the community, and we very much appreciate it. Lincoln County likes its football, and this is a great event to kick off the season.
“Again Lincoln County High School did a great job having the field ready,” Wright added, “and we also appreciate Coach Don Thomas, Athletic Director Jeff Bell and Principal Sarah Wallace for allowing us the use of the facility.”
Flintville vs. Huntland
In the first game of the evening, the Flintville Bobcats matched up with a newcomer to the Jamboree, the Huntland Hornets. The ‘Cats took the win 14-0.
Flintville’s first score of the night started at their on 17 yard line. Ethan Burks carried the ball 43 yards into Hornet territory. In the red zone, the Bobcats faced a 4th and 3 situation at the 7 yard line. Quarterback Tyler Hummerding carried it in for the score, followed with a successful two point conversion. With 6:04 on the clock, the ‘Cats were up 8-0.
In the final minutes of the game, Flintville recovered a fumble at their own 46 yard line. The Bobcats executed a great two-minute game. Quarterback Tyler Hummerding connected in the air with Jeffrey Reeves and Ethan Burks moving the ball down the field. Hummerding hooked up again with Burks from 10 yards out for the score with 43 ticks remaining in the game. The two-point conversion was no good, and Flintville finished with the win, 14-0.
South Lincoln vs. Unity
A dominant South Lincoln team with a roster of 49 players finished on top of Unity, 21-0, in the second game of the night. Field position remained the friend of the Eagles in both quarters.
Quarterback Jake Sorrells couldn’t get the Lions’ motor starter. After taking the ball in the opening possession, Unity coughed it up at their own 11-yard line. The following play, South Lincoln’s Quarterback Devin Hudgins carried it in for the score. The Eagles used the tee for the PAT, and Antonio Zita split the uprights. With 7:33 in the first, South Lincoln was up 7-0.
The Lions had to punt their following possession, and the Eagles took over at Unity’s 35-yard line.
D.J. Jones carried it in from 27 yards out, and Zita’s kick with good. With 3:36 remaining in the first, S.L. was up 14-0.
In the final seconds of the first period, Ben Bassham connected with Zita from 12 yards out for the score. Zita followed with a good extra point attempt, and the Eagles were up 21-0.
The second quarter remained scoreless, and S.L. finished with the win.
Blanche vs. Highland Rim
In the third game of the night, Blanche won over Highland Rim, 14-6.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Hornets were first to put points on the board. The drive started on the Bulldogs’ 49-yard line after Highland Rim made a defensive stand, taking over the ball on downs. With 7:25 in the second, Dylan MacDonald pushed it in from the one. The two-point conversion failed, and Highland Rim was up 6-0.
But, the Bulldogs answered their following possession. Eli Cross connected with Hunter Posey from 62 yards out for the score. The two-point conversion failed, and with 6:31 remaining, it was knotted at 6-6.
Blanche held the Hornets their following possession, taking over at midfield with 4:00 on the clock.
Adolfo Trejo carried the ball down to the Hornets’ 20 yard line. Cross then connected with Levi Beard for the score. The two-point conversion was good, and the ‘Dogs were up 14-6 with 2:24 remaining in the game.
Highland Rim started at their own 49-yard line but failed to move the ball, and Blanche finished with the win.
NGA vs. Tullahoma
In the final game of the night, Tullahoma’s JV won over Ninth Grade Academy, 14-7.
Coach Todd Brandon used three quarterbacks, Justus Campbell, Riley Harmon and Landon Koehler, in the match-up looking for who would get the call in their season opener Aug. 22 on the road in Coffee County.
After Gavin Gordon picked off a deflected Wildcat pass, the Falcons started at their own 42 yard line.
NGA marched down the field but coughed up the ball at the Tullahoma 16 yard line.
Both teams held their following defensive possessions, and at the end of one, it was a scoreless ball game.
With 8:55 in the second, the ‘Cats put points on the board from 21 yards out. The two-point conversion failed, and Tullahoma was up 6-0.
The Wildcats added another score with 1:03 remaining in the game on a 31-yard pass. The two-point conversion was good, and NGA trailed 14-0.
But, the Falcons brought some excitement to the game. Starting on their own 35-yard line, Harmon connected with Brad Alford from 55 yards out. Colton Wicks’ PAT was good, and the ‘Cats were up 14-7.
NGA attempted an on-side kick, but Tullahoma took over at their own 48 yard line with 40 ticks on the clock and finished with the win.