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Coaches call Sikeston Jamboree a success

Sunday, September 1, 2002

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Sikeston quarterback Drew Lawrence (10) prepares to throw.
SIKESTON - For the sixth year, area teams participated in a preseason jamboree, this time held at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium for the first time since 1997.

Sikeston hosted East Prairie, New Madrid County Central and Jennings of St. Louis on Friday night.

"Coach (Charlie) Vickery did a great job of running the jamboree," said first-year East Prairie head coach Ken Latham. "We were all informed of where we needed to go and what time everything was. That was half the battle and he's got to try to coach too."

The four teams each scrimmaged the other for 12 plays on offense and defense starting at the 40-yard line. Two scrimmages were going on at once with each team driving to the opposite end zone.

In the first scrimmage, Sikeston faced Jennings and NMCC faced East Prairie.

Jennings went on offense first, scoring on its 11th play of the scrimmage on a 5-yard plunge by D'Andre Tallie.

When Sikeston took over on offense, the Bulldogs scored on their fourth play when Lavar Morgan went wide for a 20-yard TD run.

On the other end of the field, NMCC scored when quarterback Remond Willis found Mack Kimble on an 11-yard pass play on the fourth play from scrimmage. They scored again on the 10th play when Lawrence Smith scored on a 1-yard run.

East Prairie's Dez Johnson recorded an interception in the scrimmage.

"I was real pleased with it," said NMCC head coach Steve Rogers. "Everybody got into the game. The hitting was good. We need a little work on our conditioning but it was nice to practice and hit somebody besides our own teammates."

East Prairie took over on offense and scored on its ninth play on a 5-yard run by Kaleb Thurman.

In the second scrimmage, Jennings struck quickly on NMCC. The Warriors' Aaron Lowe took a short pass from Michael Hearns and juked his way 39 yards to the 1-yard line. They scored on the next play on a 1-yard plunge by Tallie.

NMCC shut out the Warriors the rest of the way.

NMCC scored on its sixth play when Vaughn Shepard caught a 10-yard TD pass from Sherman Newsome. The Eagles scored on their last play when Bryan Williams ran it in from 20 yards out.

NMCC, which lost its starting quarterback in the preseason to a shoulder injury, was experimenting with Willis and Newsome in the jamboree.

"We'll probably go with both of them," said Rogers. "Sherm threw the ball real well in the couple of the series. Remond threw the ball well and ran the option. Sherm can also do that. We're still looking for a tailback even though I thought Bryan Williams at times ran the ball real hard for us. We answered a few questions. We realized we've got a little more depth than maybe we thought we had."

On the other side, East Prairie scored on its third play against Sikeston on a 20-yard reverse to Johnson. They scored again on their 10th play when Josh Boyer ran it in from 10 yards out.

"We did okay -- our freshmen made some freshmen mistakes," said Latham. "Hopefully we'll get those out tonight. We got a lot of things we need to work on. We competed against some better schools. Defensively we were up and down at times. We can't even be close to satisfied with this."

Sikeston came back quickly on offense. Quarterback Blake DeWitt hit Ryne Vickery for a 22-yard gain, setting up an 18-yard TD pass to Jacob Priday.

On the last scrimmage of the day, Sikeston scored on its seventh play against NMCC when DeWitt found Michael Colon for a 23-yard TD reception.

The Bulldogs entered the game with serious questions on the line.

"I haven't seen the film so I can't tell you about linemen," said Vickery. "We just need more time to throw obviously. You're playing against three different defenses that nobody's worked on, just like all the teams. You can just see where you're biggest needs for improvement are. We've got some good film so we'll get a good look at that."

NMCC scored on its fifth play against the Bulldogs when Willis found Shepard for a 22-yard TD reception.

On the other side of the field, East Prairie and Jennings both held each other scoreless.

Afterwards, the Sikeston Booster Club provided hamburgers, chips and sodas to all the players and coaches involved in the jamboree.

"It went real smooth," said Vickery. "I think everybody got accomplished what they wanted to. Nobody showed too much and everybody stayed pretty generic. The main thing is I don't think anybody got any injuries. That's always a good thing."

Sikeston, NMCC and East Prairie will all open the season next Friday. Sikeston will play at Jackson at 7:30 p.m., NMCC will host Jonesboro (Ark.) at 7:30 p.m., and East Prairie will play at Hayti at 7:30 p.m.