The Fayetteville Lions Club got the night they needed Saturday for its 25th Annual Fayetteville Lions Club Football Jamboree.
With afternoon temps hitting 90 degrees, the threat of rain remained at bay as fans and players got in six halves of football action.
Last year, the Jamboree expanded with the addition of South Giles, Moore County, Huntland and Cornersville, but this year Richland Middle School was added to the mix. Each middle school team played two 8-minute quarters; the JV played two 10-minute periods.
“Again the Jamboree exceeded our expectations,” Lion Gary Wright said. “The weather cooperated, and everyone got to see these young men on the field. The community turned out in numbers to support their programs. Without the schools and fans, we couldn’t have this Jamboree.
“We know it’s tough on the coaches, players and parents with so little time to prepare,” he added. “The season starts early now; it’s hard for a middle school team to come together before school starts. But, in usual Lincoln County fashion, everyone stepped up and got their teams on the field, and we appreciate it.
“Again we appreciate Lincoln County High School for the use of the facility,” added Wright. “This field is second to none for an event like this. Coach Tim Johnson and Athletic Director Jeff Bell with their staff had everything ready – the field was in great shape.
“We want to thank the Lady Falcon soccer team for again assisting with the clean-up. It makes leaving the facility in good shape at the end of the night much easier having those young ladies come in to work.”
In the first game of the night, Flintville matched up with Moore County and finished on top, 8-0. The Bobcats ate up the first quarter clock, scoring with just 49 seconds remaining in the period as Skylar Swing pushed it in from the one yard line.
The second quarter remained scoreless.
In game two, Blanche lost a barn-burner at the wire against South Giles, 16-8.
The ‘Dogs were first to score on a 62-yard breakaway run by Antonio King. With 6:46 in the first, Blanche was up 8-0.
At the 6:26 mark in the second, the Eagles knotted it at 8-8.
In the final minutes of the period, the Bulldogs moved deep into South Giles territory but turned the ball over on downs at the Eagles’ 38 yard line after a series of miscues.
With 31 seconds remaining in the game, South Giles broke loose on a 62-yard romp for the game winner. At the buzzer, the Eagles had the win 16-8.
Game three saw Highland Rim win over Richland 8-0.
In their opening possession of the game, the Hornets moved into the Raiders’ red-zone but turned the ball over on downs at the 30 yard line.
The only score of the match-up came with 7:31 in the second period when Highland Rim’s Angel Martinez took it in from 31 yards out. Quarterback Jake Pendergrass was good on the two-point conversion, and the Hornets had the win, 8-0.
Game four went to South Lincoln with a 20-0 shutout over Huntland.
The Eagles scored in their first possession as Eli Ogle pushed it in at the 3:13 mark in the first. The two-point-conversion failed, and S.L. was up 6-0.
With 1:01 remaining in the first, Ogle found pay dirt for the second time, followed by a good two-point conversion. At the end of one, the Eagles were up 14-0.
The final score of the night came when Tyler Edwards took it in from the 2-yard line. The PAT failed, and South Lincoln finished on top 20-0.
In game five, Unity went down to a strong Cornersville team, 16-0.
The Bulldogs’ first score came with 5:05 in the first quarter, followed with a good two-point conversion. The ‘Dogs were on top 8-0.
At the 3:03 mark in the second, the ‘Dogs struck again to increase their advantage 16-0.
Late in the period, the Lions threatened, moving the ball deep into Cornersville territory but lost a fumble at the 22 yard line with 1:41 remaining in the game.
In the final game of the night, the Falcon JV dropped a 7-0 decision to Tullahoma. Both first teams played the first quarter; the second teams matched up in the second period.
Tullahoma’s score came with 4:50 in the first. The Falcon defense didn’t have the answer for the Wildcat speed of Ryan Scott.
At the two-minute mark in the period, L.C. moved inside the 10 yard line but coughed up the ball, turning it over to the ‘Cats.
The second quarter remained scoreless, giving the Wildcats the win.