August 18, 2005

Tigers Get Final Tune-Up In Football Jamboree

The word jamboree often makes one think of a festival or musical event. While it does make area football teams want to dance, jamboree means something totally different for the players.

After weeks of two-a-day practices and beating up on one another in drills and scrimmages, teams across Missouri will finally get an opportunity for some live action for the first time on Friday night. A number of pre-season football jamborees will be hosted on August 26th as a final tune-up for the players, coaches and officials before the regular season kicks off in September.

The Scotland County Tigers will travel to Monroe City, to participate in the pre-season jamboree with the Panthers, the Schuyler County Rams and the team from Van Far. The scrimmage will kick off at 7:00 p.m.

The squads play a round-robin against each of the three other teams.

The jamboree opens with a showcase for each team. Two teams take to the field and run 10 plays of offense then 10 plays of defense against the opposition. The series starts with varsity players and concludes with junior varsity members to allow the entire squad to participate.

Monroe City and Van Far will open play at 7:00 p.m.

The Tigers will be showcased versus district and conference-rival Schuyler County.

After the first two show case matches, the field is then split in half, with all four teams on the field at once, two teams doing battle on each end of the stadium.

SCR-I will do battle versus Van Far at 8:00 p.m. followed by an 8:30 match-up with the host Panthers.

There is no kicking or punting in the jamboree. The team starts at the 40-yard line and has 10 plays to advance for a touchdown. If the team is halted on a fourth down, the ball goes back to the original line of scrimmage and the downs are reset until all 10 plays have been used.

SCR-I will use the pre-season games to look at a number of new players that will be filling key roles this year. The Tigers will be starting four new offensive linemen and will be auditioning replacements for all-conference receiver Matt Wickert who is out at least six weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in practice.

Coach Brent Bondurant said his team is a little banged up heading into the season as junior running back Zach McBee is coping with a shoulder injury that may keep him out of the starting backfield.

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