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Local football teams to play in jamboree scrimmages on Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Sikeston's B.J. Green (20) puts a hit on Travis Hudson in last Friday's Red & Black scrimmage
(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- Local high school football teams will be on display Friday night, participating in one of several preseason jamboree scrimmages across the state.

New Madrid County Central will host Sikeston, East Prairie and Jennings in a scrimmage scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

"We try to play all of our kids," said Sikeston coach Charlie Vickery. "(The jamboree) gives you game experience against another team. It also gets a little bit of the first-game jitters out."

Teams will run 12 offensive and 12 defensive plays against each opponent. If there is a penalty, the play won't count.

The ball will be spotted on the 40, with two sets of teams split on each side of the field.

If there is an interception, fumble or touchdown, the ball will be re-spotted on the 40 until the 12 plays are completed.

"We will go in with a set number of plays for each group of kids we send in there," explained Vickery. "We won't try and scheme against certain offenses or defenses -- we will just work on our base plays."

Dexter will host Scott City, Kennett and Portageville in a jamboree that starts at 7 p.m.

"I like (the jamboree)," said Dexter coach Aaron Pixley. "It gives you a chance to see how you react in a game-like situation, and you're not beating up on your own people. It kind of gets you ready for the first game of the year."

Dexter and Kennett will play junior varsity only against each other, as will Portageville and Scott City when they play.

The other scrimmages will feature the varsity players.

"Since we are district opponents, we decided to just let our jayvees play each other," explained Pixley.

Jackson will host Cape Central, Perryville and Wentzville Holt in a scrimmage that starts at 6 p.m.

Another jamboree will be held at Valle Catholic. Teams there include Fredericktown, Charleston and Malden. Poplar Bluff will travel to West Plains.

There was supposed to be a jamboree at Chaffee this year, but Kennett, Caruthersville and Hayti all dropped out.

The 2003 season will officially start on Sept. 5 with Week 1.