The 21st Annual Fayetteville Lions Club Jamboree was held Saturday night at Meadows/Thompson Stadium on the Lincoln County High School campus.
Eight teams from Lincoln County, Franklin County and Coffee County came together to play a half of football kicking off the gridiron season.
“We were very happy with the crowd,” said Lion Gary Wright. “Again, the community turned out in force to support these teams and we appreciate that. The weather forecast didn’t sound very good earlier in the day but we didn’t get a drop of rain. I already had my speech prepared in case we had to call it. Many of the teams’ seasons start this week and there’s no rain date – it had to happen tonight.
“The Lions Club wants to extend a thank you to Dr. Wanda Shelton, Principal Sarah Wallace, Athletic Director Jeff Bell and everyone here at Lincoln County High School for allowing us to use this facility,” Wright continued. “Coach Don Thomas had the field in great shape and ready to go. And, at big thank you to Coach Susan Edwards and her Lady Falcon Soccer team for helping with the clean-up.”
The Lions’ motto is “We Serve”. All money earned is spent for projects such as the purchase of eyeglasses and screening for sight and hearing problems in the community.
Huntland vs. Flintville
In the first match-up of the night, it was the Huntland Hornets taking the win over the Flintville Bobcats, 16-6.
The ‘Cats were first to find the end zone. Quarterback Neyland Jean put his team in scoring position on a run to the Hornets’ 35-yard line. On a fourth and three situation, Jean connected with Thomas Moorehead who took it in for a score. The two-point conversion was no good, and with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter, the Bobcats were up 6-0.
But, Huntland started their drive on their own 30-yard line. Early in the second period, the Hornets pushed it in from the 3 and followed with a successful two-point conversion. With 6:26 on the clock, Huntland was up 8-6.
With 4:15 remaining in the game, the Hornets added the final score of the night followed with a successful two-point conversion, expanding their lead to 16-6.
In their following possession, the ‘Cats put the ball on the ground at the 34-yard line with 4:05 on the clock, giving Huntland possession. But, Flintville kept the Hornets out of the end zone, and Huntland finished with the win, 16-6.
South Lincoln’s Eagles won the second game of the night, defeating the Blanche Bulldogs, 13-0.
The Eagles received the opening kick-off, starting their first series at their own 41-yard line. Twenty-two seconds later, Eagle quarterback Devin Hudgins had gone 59 yards for a score. The two-point conversion failed, and with 7:38 in the first, South Lincoln was up 6-0.
At the 4:02 mark, it seemed the Eagles had scored again when Cade Cooper broke loose from the Bulldogs’ 45, but the play was called back with a holding penalty. Another penalty set South Lincoln back to a first and 20 situation at their own 45-yard line.
The Bulldog defense held the Eagles the remainder of period, trailing 6-0 at the end of one.
It was in the final ticks of the game when South Lincoln picked up the last score of the night. With 36 seconds remaining, Rudy Cooper pushed it in from inside the five. Ben Bassham followed with a good extra point attempt, and the Eagles finished with the win, 13-0.
Unity vs. Highland Rim
In the third game, it was Highland Rim’s Hornets finishing on top of the Unity Lions, 22-6.
The Lions received the opening kick-off but turned the ball over with an interception at the Hornets’ 48-yard line. With runs by Holt Richardson and Landon Smith, Highland Rim moved to the Lions’ 13-yard line. Sam Eason carried it in from the nine, and Smith followed with the two-point conversion. With 5:40 in the first, the Hornets were up, 8-0.
With the Lions punting their following possession, Highland Rim’s Christian Morris broke loose going to the Unity 14-yard line. At the 1:48 mark, Eathan Sticker pushed it in from the three, and Jaxxon Badget followed with the two-point conversion. With 1:48 in the first, Highland Rim was up 16-0.
But, early in the second period, the Lions made it a one score ballgame. Quarterback Jake Sorrells took it from the 50 down to the Hornet 17 yard line. Wyatt Bomar then took it in on a pitch around the right side of the Highland Rim defense. The two-point conversion was no good, and with 7:34, the Lions trailed 16-6.
On the following kick-off, Brian Alford carried it the distance for a score but it was nullified due to a penalty. Holt Richardson had the answer for the Hornets, taking it in from the 35-yard line. The two-point conversion was no good, and Highland Rim was up 22-6 with 6:48 remaining.
The remainder of the quarter remained scoreless, and the Hornets finished with the win.
Tullahoma vs. NGA
The Ninth Grade Academy Falcons won the final game of the night, defeating Tullahoma’s Wildcat freshmen, 10-0.
The Falcons took the opening possession into the ‘Cat red zone but the drive stalled. NGA’s Antonio Zita split the uprights on a 26-yard field goal and the Falcons were up 3-0 with 4:08 in the first.
After a deep kick by Zita, the Wildcats started at their own 16-yard line. The Falcons forced a punt, holding the ‘Cats on a third and two situation at the 24.
Ninth Grade Academy’s next drive started at the ‘Cat 43-yard line. On a fourth and four situation, Logan Crabtree turned the corner, taking it to the 25. Early in the second period, DJ Jones and Crabtree combined carries going to the Wildcats’ eight. Dylan Macdonald took it in from the eight for the score, and Zita’s PAT was good. With 8:20 in the second period, the Falcons were up 10-0.
Zita’s kick again set the ‘Cats deep in their own territory. Tullahoma never crossed midfield the remainder of the game as Coach Todd Brandon played into his bench. As time expired, the Falcons had the win, 10-0.