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The 27th Annual BB&T Football Jamboree kicked off the 2013 scholastic season Friday night and the five teams designated as the home teams–Hoggard, Jacksonville, New Hanover, Laney and Ashley–sent a message that it could be a tough year for teams coming to the Port City.
There were five scrimmages–each with two, 12-minute halves with a running clock and a cumulative score. When the final buzzer sounded ending the rainy night, the home side of the scoreboard had 68 points on it while the visitors had 26.
Hoggard vs. Whiteville
Scott Braswell opened his 17th season as head coach of the Vikings alternating junior Austin Schoenleber and sophomore Xavier Johnson at quarterback and the opening game didn’t produce a whole lot of offense. The Vikings did, however, set the tone for the evening by outlasting the Wolfpack 7-0.
Hoggard put the only touchdown on the board with just eight seconds gone in the second half when Keevin Thompson scooted 16 yards into the end zone and Landon Mays drilled the extra point.
“We need to keep working hard and get better. Offensively, we’re very young and just have to continue to develop. Both of our quarterbacks have different attributes and they’ll both be seeing time,” Braswell said.
“Our defense definitely stood out. Kyle’s a beast. Malik Moore had a good night. We’ve got a good defensive front and it showed tonight.”
Thompson accounted for 32 yards for the Vikings and senior defensive end Kyle Delaney and junior linebacker Julius Reynolds keyed a solid defensive effort for Hoggard.
Jacksonville vs. South Brunswick
South Brunswick Coach John Rusk is looking to rebound from a tough 2-9 campaign in 2012.
A series-opening field goal and a safety by the Cardinals produced a 12-0 lead, and the advantage mushroomed to 19-0 for the home teams when Exelman Adams scampered 13 yards for a touchdown as the second scrimmage clock raced to a conclusion.
Jacksonville put up 122 rushing yards and the Cougars struggled in the hardest rain of the evening to muster any kind of offensive energy.
New Hanover vs. Wallace-Rose Hill
As he enters his eighth year as the New Hanover, Coach Kevin Motsinger is looking for a way to replace 43 graduated seniors but he did welcome back two outstanding athletes on offense in senior quarterback Ward Coleman and senior running back Ramone Simpson, and both players had good evenings.
Coach Joey Price’s team put a touchdown on the board against the Wildcats.
New Hanover managed to punch the ball into the end zone three times. Simpson ran for approximately 158 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, and Coleman completed 8-of-11 passes for 137 yards and a score.
“I’m very pleased with how we came out tonight. I thought our guys handled themselves very well. They came out and did exactly what we asked them to so. We have a young, but very coachable group and it’s fun going to practice with these guys. We’re still looking for our play makers, but I think a few of our guys came out and stepped up tonight,” Motsinger said.
Those three touchdowns gave the home teams a commanding 40-7 lead as Laney and West Brunswick took the field for the fourth scrimmage of the evening.
Laney vs. West Brunswick
West Brunswick’s Scott Frazier got his first taste of football in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference on Friday.
The Trojans got a 21-yard touchdown hookup between senior quarterback Dylan Darguzas and senior wide receiver Khalid Matthews and a 50-yard scoring run from junior Tavon Stanley around a single score by the Buccaneers.
“We definitely played with a lot of intensity tonight. One thing I know we will see when we go back and look at the tape, is that we gave it a ton of effort,” Frazier said. “Yeah, there are things that we need to work on, but I was very proud to see how hard we played and definitely will take some confidence out of tonight’s effort.”
Junior running back Javone Batts accounted for Laney’s touchdown with an 11-yard run. The Buccaneers also had a 32-yard scoring jaunt by junior quarterback Tariq Lane nullified by a holding penalty.
Laney senior Coult Cutler had six tackles–one for a 4-yard loss and one for no gain. Laney connected on 2-of-4 passes for 18 yards and carried the ball four times for 24 yards to led the Laney offense.
Ashley vs. South Colmbus
Ashley Coach Tom Eanes welcomed five starters back on offense and five on defense as they attempt to put behind them two consecutive 2-8 seasons in Eanes’ first two years, and the Eagles ran over a traditionally tough South Columbus team.
Running behind a relatively young offensive line with a pair of sophomore guards on the field, senior running backs Jesse Jewell and Charles Dent combined for 172 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Chris Kane tossed 33-yard scoring strike to Dent while running Eanes’ triple-option offense.
South Columbus was able to put one score on the board on a 1-yard run by Jacob Moore that was set up by a 36-yard pass and an 18-yard run in a 70-yard drive.
“Coming off the scrimmage earlier this week against Wallace-Rose Hill this was a difference between night and day,” Eanes said. “We went up against a good football team and I was pleased with the way we played on both sides of the ball. This has to help their psyche and show them what they can do if they continue to work hard.
“I was especially pleased with the offensive line. We ran lot more power that we thought we would coming in,” Eanes said.