Prep Football Jamboree Roundup

Friday, August 12, 2011 - by B.B. Branton

High School Football Jamboree

Finley Stadium, Fri. Aug. 12

Grace 28, Coahulla Creek (Ga.) 0

Grace quarterback Josh Smith scored two touchdowns and passed for a third ... Smith scored on a 7-yard run, returned a 75-yard interception for a touchdown on the game's final play and connected with Corey Nelson on a 51-yard scoring pass play.

Grace opened the scoring o a 46-yard run by Ashton Niswonger and J.R. Haley converted on the first of two extra point for a 7-0 advantage ...

On Grace's second possession, a Smith-to-Corey Nelson pass resulted in a 51-yard scoring play ... Haley then threw for the 2-point conversion and a 15-0 lead ...

Grace was in business again after Austin Powell returned an interception 42 yards to the Coahulla Creek 26-yard-line ... Smith eventually scored on a 7-yard run for a 22-0 lead ...

Coahulla Creek's big play came on a Hunter Williams to Levi Wilson 40-yard pass play on it's first possession...

Smith then closed the game with his interception turned touchdown.

Coahulla Creek is in its first year of existance and the football team will play a junior varsity schedule this fall.

Baylor 6, Chattanooga Central 0

Senior Matthew Oellerich was 5-for-5 for 97 yards through the air for Baylor ... Howell Clements scored the game-winning touchdown from three yards out on the Red Raiders first possession ... Baylor receivers Joey Rogers (1 catch, 42 yards) and Jeff Bowens (2 catches, 31 yards) led the aerial attack ...

Central recovered a Baylor fumble inside the Pounder 10-yard-line on Baylor's last possession.

"Matthew did a great job of managing the game and he is ready to lead this team," said Baylor coach Phil Massey.

"I am excited about this season and am ready for my teammates to look to me as the guy to lead them this fall," said Oellerich who played quarterback as a freshman, but was a receiver the past two seasons when current UTC player jacob Huesman (2010 D-II Back of the Year) was the team quarterback ...

The Baylor-Central rivalry goes back to 1907 ...

Boyd-Buchanan 0, Cleveland 0

John Hale led the Bucs with 83 rushing yards on five carries, plus one reception for seven yards ... The Bucs' Chase Reed (15 rushing yards) missed a field goal from 34 ... Cleveland senior QB Chad Voytik was 2-for-4 for 18 yards with two interceptions ... INTs for Boyd-Buc went to Stephen Ingram which stopped a Blue Raider drive on the Boyd-Buc 2-yard line and Kyle Thomas who had a pick near midfield.

"Our defense rose to the occasion tonight and made some big plays," said Boyd-Buchanan coach Grant Reynolds.

McCallie 7, Red Bank 6

McCallie's 10 play, 70-yard scoring drive to open game was capped by junior quarterback Jorden Williams' touchdown run from inside the 5-yard line ... Arturo Rocha's extra point proved to be the difference in the game ...

Red Bank's Kameo Watson returned a fumble, 54 yards for a touchdown late in the quarter, but was flagged for taunting during the scoring run ... Red Bank attempted a 2-point conversion from the McCallie 22, but a Hagen Wilkey pass was intercepted by McCallie's Chad Toliver at the 3-yard line ...

McCallie's Daniel McClure led all players with 55 yards rushing on eight carries.

"We had a great effort from our guys tonight as they played tough, smart, disciplined football," said McCallie coach Bubba Simmons.

Forced Fumble: Cameron Walker (McCallie)

Fumble Recovery: Jack Harris (McCallie), Kameo Watson (Red Bank)

Bradley Central 14, Signal Mountain 13

Bradley County quarterback Bryce Copeland hit Logan Fetzner on a 15-yard pass over the middle for what proved to be the winning touchdown with 33 seconds remaining in the quarter ...

Signal Mountain led 6-0 and 13-7, but the Bears rallied twice for the win ...

The state champion Eagles marched 70 yards on its first possession, mainly on the accurate passing of junior QB Reese Phillips, and opened the scoring on an Andrew Price run to lead 6-0, but the extra point was no good ...

Copeland, the district QB of the year in 2010, returned the favor and led the Bears 70 yards capped by a 26-yard scoring toss to senior James Stovall who made a leaping catch in the left corner of the end zone. Clayton Steele made the first of two extra points ...

Signal Mountain answered quickly as once again Phillips passed the team down the field before Zach Bowman's rushing touchdown and the made extra point upped the Eagles lead to 13-7.

After Copeland's scoring toss to Fetzner, a Phillips-to-Will Queen pass moved the ball to Bradley's 30-yard-line as time expired.

"A great job to keep fighting the entire quarter," Bradley Central head coach Damon Floyd told his team in post-game remarks.

"I think they were looking for me to go to James (Stovall) again on that last scoring play and Logan was open down the middle," said Copeland.

"I know that Polk County will be a tough opener (Aug. 19 at Bradley), for us and we need to be ready to go next Friday," said Floyd whose team has now scrimmaged three state champions from a year ago; Alcoa (3A), South Pittsburg (1A) and Signal Mountain (2A).

Franklin County 6, Soddy Daisy 0

Kolton Nunley scored from 15 yards out for Franklin County on the Rebels first possession.

(recap of each game to follow).

Sequatchie County Jamboree

"We had a great crowd (approx. 5,000) and took in about $23,000 at the game which is a great way to start the season," said Sequatchie County coach Chad Barger.

Lookout Valley 12, Marion County 6
Sequatchie County 6, Whitwell 0
South Pittsburg 7, Bledsoe County 0
Grundy County 10, Lookout Valley 8
Whitwell 13, Grundy County 7
South Pittsburg 7, Marion County 0
Sequatchie County 7, Bledsoe County 0

Chattanooga Jamboree Schedule
Sat. Aug. 13 (starts at 7 p.m.)

Chattanooga Christian vs. Brainerd

East Ridge vs. Silverdale

East Hamilton vs. Rhea County

Howard vs. McMinn County

Hixson vs. McMinn County

Tyner vs. Walker Valley

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