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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Local high school football programs scrimmage, raise money for scholarships (w/ photo slideshow)

Craig Underwood, head coach for Hoggard High School. Photo by: James Mieczkowski

Ten local high school football programs competed in the 29th Annual BB&T Football Jamboree Friday, August 14 at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, raising money for student scholarships while preparing for the beginning of the prep football season.

Local programs competing at the event included: Laney vs. South Columbus; Wallace-Rose Hill vs. Hoggard; Ashley vs. West Brunswick; New Hanover vs. Whiteville; North Brunswick vs. South Brunswick. Each game consisted of two 12-minute periods.

“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 kick off the season.”

This was be the first time North Brunswick competed 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 hoped 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.”

“This is just a really great opportunity for our guys to get out here under the lights and play,” said Craig Underwood, head coach for Hoggard High School, before the game. “Plus, BB&T has set up this scrimmage so well for both the students and players and we’re really excited to be a part of it.”

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.

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.

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

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