Staff photos by Paul Henry
The 26th Annual Fayetteville Lions Club Jamboree got underway as scheduled with typical summer time temperatures and humidity. But, with those conditions also came late in the day pop-up thunderstorms.
Organizers were about to get the fifth of the scheduled six halves of football underway, but prior to kickoff, Mother Nature’s lightning forced officials to take Flintville and South Giles off the field. As the weather conditions continued to deteriorate, the call was made to cancel the remaining two games just minutes before heavy rains began.
“We really thought we were going to get everyone’s game in,” said Lion organizer, Gary Wright, “but this time of year, these thunderstorms can pop up right on top of you, and sometimes they don’t move much – that was the situation tonight. In the interest of safety, not to mention the heavy rain, calling the remaining games was the right thing to do. I think most everyone got to their car dry.
“Again, we had great support of Lincoln County and the surrounding areas, and we appreciate it,” he said. “We’re able to have all of our local teams match up with teams from other counties, and fans came out to cheer on their programs. We especially want to thank North Middle School out of Franklin County for coming in to participate with such short notice. We know it’s hard for these coaches to put a team on the field before school starts.
“Lincoln County High School’s athletic director Jeff Bell, Coach Tim Johnson and his staff were again great to work with throughout the planning stage and had everything ready to go Saturday night,” he added. “There is no better place than Meadows-Thompson Stadium to hold an event like this. We appreciate everything they’ve done for us through the years.”
In game one, the Blanche Bulldogs went down in a battle to Moore County, 8-0. In the final minute of the game, the ‘Dogs threatened but coughed up the ball on the Raider one yard line.
In game two, the Lions from Unity pulled off the upset of the night, defeating Cornersville, 8-7, with a game-winning safety.
In game three, it was South Lincoln’s Eagles who finished on top of Huntland, 16-8, in a ground game battle. All scores came in the first quarter.
Game four saw the Highland Rim Hornets going down in a high-scoring shootout with North Middle School, 18-16.
Game five, Flintville versus South Giles, was canceled, as was game six between the LCHS freshmen and Tullahoma freshmen.