Prep football jamborees this weekend in the greater Chattanooga area

Prep football jamborees this weekend in the greater Chattanooga area

August 15th, 2014 by Ward Gossett in Sports - Preps

High School Football Jamborees

Jamboree at Finley Stadium

TONIGHT

Tyner vs. Silverdale, 7

Boyd-Buchanan vs. Sale Creek, 7:30

Howard vs. Bradley Central, 8

McCallie vs. Signal Mountain, 8:30

Baylor vs. Cleveland, 9

McMinn County vs. Red Bank, 9:30

SATURDAY

Grace Academy vs. East Ridge, 7

Notre Dame vs. Brainerd, 7:30

Hixson vs. Walker Valley, 8

East Hamilton vs. Central, 8:30

Rhea County vs. Ooltewah, 9

Soddy-Daisy vs. Franklin County, 9:30

Sequatchie Valley Jamboree at Whitwell

TONIGHT

Bledsoe County vs. South Pittsburg, 7

Grundy County vs. Lookout Valley

Chattanooga Christian vs. Marion County

Whitwell vs. Sequatchie County

Chattanooga Christian vs. Lookout Valley

Bledsoe County vs. Sequatchie County

South Pittsburg vs. Marion County

Grundy County vs. Whitwell

The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.

"It's a sign of getting started, and it gets everybody -- fans, players, coaches -- excited for the season, and it's good for the kids," said Tyner coach Wayne Turner, who has been part of more than 30 such jamborees over the years.

Tyner and Silverdale Baptist open the 12-quarter series at 7 p.m., followed by Boyd-Buchanan vs. Sale Creek, Howard vs. Bradley Central, McCallie vs. Signal Mountain and Baylor vs. Cleveland . The McMinn County-Red Bank segment covers the final 20 minutes.

Admission is $8 per person (children under 6 free).

On Saturday, also starting at 7, Grace Academy plays East Ridge, Notre Dame goes against Brainerd, Hixson takes on Walker Valley, East Hamilton meets Central, Rhea County plays Ooltewah and Soddy-Daisy meets Franklin County.

"I wouldn't say I get excited," Signal coach Bill Price said. "We've got a full-blown scrimmage Thursday night and then we'll be at Finley Friday. I think all the coaches want to make a little money and get through their quarter without anybody getting hurt.

"I'll go back Saturday, too. While nobody is going to show much scheme-wise, it's a good chance to see other teams' personnel and to visit with other coaches."

The Sequatchie Valley jamboree also will take place tonight and Saturday, this year at Whitwell and also beginning at 7 Eastern. Teams in the SVC event are Bledsoe County, Chattanooga Christian, Grundy County, Lookout Valley, Marion County, Sequatchie County and Whitwell.

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