High school football teams, cheerleaders to compete at 29th Annual BB&T Jamboree

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The 29th Annual BB&T Football Jamboree is set for Friday, August 14 at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. The prep scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

The jamboree begins at 5 p.m. with a cheerleading showcase, while scrimmages are set to kick off at 6 p.m. Local programs competing at the event include: Laney vs. South Columbus; Wallace-Rose Hill vs. Hoggard; Ashley vs. West Brunswick; New Hanover vs. Whiteville; North Brunswick vs. South Brunswick. Each game consists of two 12-minute periods.

The 29th Annual showcase event is set for Friday, August 14. Photos by Joe Catenacci
The 29th Annual showcase event is set for Friday, August 14. Photos by Joe Catenacci

“This annual event highlights the excitement and anticipation for a run at conference titles and state playoffs for the 10 area high schools,” said BB&T’s Andrew Cooke, Jamboree Co-Chairman. “It is one of the most exciting high school events in southeastern North Carolina with a playoff atmosphere to kickoff the season.”

This will be the first time North Brunswick competes under the lights at Legion Stadium as part of the event. First-year coach Larry Brock played in the scrimmage during his playing days at South Brunswick and hopes to get a good look at his new team leading up to week one.

“I remember those times getting a chance to play at Legion Stadium and it was a memorable time for me,” Brock said. “It’ll be a good experience for the team to see how they react in the spotlight.”

Click the following highlighted schools for football previews on North Brunswick, South Brunswick, Ashley, Laney and Topsail. Preseason outlooks for Hoggard, New Hanover and West Brunswick will be available leading up to week one of the regular season on Friday, August  21.

Proceeds from last year’s event totaled $51,765, enough to fund 20 $1,000 scholarships (two per school), while participating schools also received an additional $2,000 each for their general operating budgets.

The jamboree also raises money for student scholarships.
The jamboree also raises money for student scholarships.

Since its inception in 1989, approximately $1,156,841 has been raised for Southeastern North Carolina high schools, including 546 student scholarships totaling $532,000.

Tickets are $7 at the gate, with advance tickets available for $5 at all BB&T branches in Wilmington, Shallotte, Leland and Southport.

The 2014 BB&T Jamboree student scholarships were recently awarded. Recipients and their college or university are listed below.

South Brunswick High School– Brandon Ballard, Chowan University
Hunter Kenneth French, Methodist University
South Columbus High School- John Ryan Armstrong, Methodist University
 Morgan Rae Fowler; UNC Pembroke
West Brunswick High School– Shermonde Rahja Fulwood, NC A & T
 Emma Elliott, UNC Charlotte
Whiteville High School– Jocelyn Lynea Jones, UNC Greensboro
 James Spencer Campbell, Western Carolina University
New Hanover High School– Malachi Tresjon Mosley, East Carolina University
Dajourn Austin, NC A & T
E. A. Laney High School– Jonathan Charles Kuebler, Guliford Technical Community College
Noah Wayne Thomson, Winston Salem State University
John T. Hoggard High School-Charity Octavia Bennett, NC A & T
 Cooper Graves Booth, Cape Fear Community College
Wallace-Rose Hill High School- Timothy Tishun Andrew Turner, NC A & T
 Walker Scott Imwalle, UNC Wilmington
Eugene Ashley High School– Samuel Alexander Highsmith, UNC Charlotte
 Daysha Faye McNeil, UNC Charlotte
North Brunswick High School– Gabrielle Elizabeth Hedgebeth, NC A & T
Derrick Wheeler, NC A &T