Jamborees fill the weekend football schedule

Friday, August 10, 2018
Above, Dyersburg assistant coach Brandon Estes goes over plays with the scout team offense during practice this week leading up to the annual Star Physical Therapy/West TN Bone & Joint High School Football Jamboree where Dyersburg will take on Covington in the night’s final game. Below, Dyer County defensive coordinator Justin Dubruiel gets his players ready heading into tonight’s SportsPlus High School Football Jamboree matchup at home against FACS.
State Gazette photos/Jason Peevyhouse



Local football fans will have more than their share of pigskin fun this weekend beginning tonight as there will be three jamborees – two high school and one middle school – on the docket for the next two days in Dyersburg and Newbern.

Tonight, the Dyersburg Trojans and Dyer County Choctaws will bring their preseasons to a close when each host jamborees at their respective schools in Dyersburg and Newbern. On Saturday, Dyer County High School will host its third jamboree in six days as it will hold the third annual West Family Care Clinic/SportsPlus Middle School Jamboree.

Star Physical Therapy/West TN Bone & Joint High School Football Jamboree

J.C. Sawyers Stadium

Dyersburg High School

First game starts at 6 p.m.

Dyersburg High School will carry on its tradition of being the final stop on the preseason road for eight teams – including the DHS Trojans – as J.C. Sawyers Stadium will be the site of a four-game slate of contests beginning at 6 p.m.

The action gets underway with Munford taking on Crockett County in the opening game. Following the Cougars-Cavaliers battle, Obion County Central faces Brighton then Union City squares off with Haywood.

The Trojans close out the night when Dyersburg hosts Covington in the final bout.

Crockett County, Brighton, Haywood and the Trojans will serve as the home teams on the scoreboard.

Heading into tonight’s action, Dyersburg head coach Bart Stowe said the main goal for his team is to get them used to playing under the lights at home on Friday night.

“It’s more game-like and an opportunity to get out there and work out some kinks,” Stowe said. “Get out there, have fun and compete against a good football team.”

Stowe pointed out the importance of this comes from the Trojans not playing at home since Week 11 of 2017 – a span of time which included the postseason as well as spring and fall scrimmages.

“I just want them to get out there underneath our lights,” Stowe said. “We’ve been on the road for the preseason scrimmages and we’re at home now.

“I want us to remember how it is to play at home and how special it is to play at our stadium.”

Stowe added he wants to see improvement from last week’s scrimmage when his team takes the field tonight.

On that same subject, the Trojan head coach said his team has been working on things like the passing game and pad-level blocking.

“I believe we’ve gotten better,” Stowe said. “Defensively, we’ve worked on our tackling and our fundamentals scheme-wise.

“We’ve been working on ourselves – our base defense and base offense.”

SportsPlus High School Football Jamboree

Choctaw Stadium

Dyer County High School

First game starts at 7 p.m.

Dyer County will do something tonight that it has not done in the past 10 years – end the preseason under the lights in Newbern as the Choctaws will host the SportsPlus High School Football Jamboree beginning at 7 p.m.

Choctaw head coach David Whittle said the opportunity to play at home in the final game of the preseason is exciting for his program.

“We get to play in front of our home crowd,” Whittle said. “I thought last week at our scrimmage we had a great crowd for a scrimmage.

“I anticipate in having another this Friday night.”

The Choctaws will face FACS in the second game of the night as the jamboree opens with Greenfield taking on Gibson County.

“We can get some good work against a good quality football team,” Whittle said. “Get us ready for that first game against Crockett County.”

Over the past several days following the team’s scrimmage at home against Brighton, Whittle said his team has really begun to dial in.

“We’re getting a little crisper on our routes,” the DCHS head coach said. “Our running game, which I think should be a huge part of our season is coming on.

“I think we’re just progressing. We try to get better every day and I think the kids are.”

Whittle added the defense is running to the football better than at the start of the preseason.

When the final snap is taken tonight, the Dyer County head coach said there are a couple things he wants to accomplish.

“First thing, you want to come out injury-free,” Whittle said. “Anytime you go into a scrimmage that’s a big thing.

“I just want to see effort. We’re going to make mistakes. But, what do you do when you make mistakes – do you drop your head or do you go on to the next play? In football, you’ve got to have a short memory.”

Whittle added there is still a lot of competition for starting roles and it should be a good chance to see these players battle for these sports.

“We want to see how these guys compete in a Friday night atmosphere,” Whittle said. “We’ve got a few guys – sophomores and a few juniors – that haven’t been under the lights on a Friday night.”

West Family Care Clinic/SportsPlus Middle School Jamboree

Choctaw Stadium

Dyer County High School

First game starts at 10 a.m.

There will be seven games set for the afternoon, ranging from sixth-grade games to junior varsity to middle school varsity levels.

Northeast Middle and Gibson County will get the day underway at 10 a.m. followed by sixth grade teams from West Bemis and Northview at 11 a.m.

Junior varsity teams from Northeast and Three Oaks square off at noon while JV teams from West Bemis and Crockett County battle at 1 p.m.

There will be a punt, pass, kick and 40-yard dash contest at 2 p.m.

The final three games sees varsity action between West Bemis and Halls at 2:15 p.m. with junior varsity action pitting Medina and Northview at 3:15. Medina and Northview’s varsity will square off in the final game at 4:15 p.m.

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