August 27, 2009

Touchdown on First Snap of Jamboree Has Tigers Hungry for Football Regular Season

After mixing it up against teammates twice a day for a couple of weeks, high school football players are anxiously looking forward to the start of the Missouri regular season this Friday night.

Many schools across the state got a jump start on the year with live action in pre-season jamborees. The Scotland County Tigers traveled to Monroe City to suit up against the Panthers as well as teams from Schuyler County and Van Far.

The teams went head-to-head with each of the three opponents, switching for 12 plays of offense and 12 plays of defense, using both varsity and junior varsity rosters.

Scotland County’s preseason started in fine fashion as Rod Sears took the opening handoff 35-yards for a touchdown. The Tigers scored four or five times against Schuyler County. Coach Brent Bondurant pointed out that while it was nice to have the early success, it was done against some of the Rams younger players.

Bondurant said the successful offensive showing was important but the key to the jamboree was that his Tigers came home healthy, with no injuries heading into Friday night’s season opener versus Salisbury.

“These jamborees are a nice way to start to evaluate your talent, seeing your kids in live action for the first time before it really counts for the record,” said Bondurant. “We did some good things, but also let the kids know there is plenty of room for improvement. We identified the mistakes we made, and let the players know they are correctable.”

But it wasn’t just the players that enjoyed the opportunity for some pre-season action. With a couple new coaches on the staff this year, Bondurant said it was beneficial for them to get an opportunity to work with the kids, and each other in a game situation.

Sabe Sears highlighted a solid team effort on the defensive side of the ball with an interception.

“We go into these things knowing we are going to play basic formations and base defenses, and expect the same thing from the other teams,” Bondurant said. “Once the season starts, that’s all going to change.”

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