64th Football Jamboree Notebook

Friday, August 16, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

A trio of highly-touted quarterbacks aired it out, talented running backs found the end zone and defenders made some big hits to highlight the 64th annual Chattanooga area prep football jamboree Friday night at Finley Stadium.

“It was a great night for high school football as we had a good 6-7,000 in the house,” said Finley Stadium executive director Merrill Eckstein

“This is by far our largest crowd for a jamboree in the years I have been involved,” said Stump Martin of Stump on Sports

Friday Nite Scores:

Brainerd 0, Silverdale 0

Cleveland 14, Boyd-Buchanan 0

McCallie 7, Signal Mountain 0

Bradley Central 7, Tyner 0

Baylor 14, Franklin County 0

Offensive Stars


Austin Herink (Sr.

Cleveland) 4-5 passing, 121 yards, 1 TD pass

Nick Tiano (Jr., Baylor) 1 TD pass; led Red Raiders on two long scoring drives

Brett Standifer (Sr., Bradley Central) 1 TD pass

Jim Cardwell (Sr., Boyd-Buchanan) 5-7, 45 passing yards, 1 INT, 30 yards on four carries


Circle the Date: Oct. 11 … Bradley Central at Cleveland … should be a dandy … with an overflow crowd

Running Backs

George Porter (Sr., Baylor) … 2 TDs; ran for one score and caught another

Raekwon "The Blue Ox" Bunion (Jr., Cleveland) ran 35 yards for a score


Plenty of Speed - D.J. Jones (Sr., Cleveland) ran past the Boyd Buchanan defenders on a 79 yard scoring reception late in the quarter to give the Blue Raiders their second score

Dee Crisp (Sr., Bradley Central) caught a nice corner route pass from Brett Standifer for the 24 yard score on team’s first offensive possession

Best Hit: McCallie’s C..J. Fritz (DB) made the crowd go “wow’ on his big-time hit on a Signal Mtn. running back.

Best Defense: Bradley Central DB Baylor Terrell had two interceptions

Called Back: McCallie sophomore QB Javaughn Craig ran 69 yards  - ran left, then reversed his field and ran past the Eagles defenders for an apparent touchdown on the quarter’s final play, but it was called back on off-setting penalties – McCallie (holding) Signal Mtn (personal foul).

Both Sides of the Ball: D.J. Jones (Sr. Cleveland) scored on a 79-yard pass play and stopped a Boyd Buc drive at the Cleveland 20 with an interception

Fast Start: Cleveland used four first downs on the game-opening drive, including Raekwon Bunion’s 35 yard scoring run.

Baylor’s Nick Tiano moved the Red Raiders quickly to the end zone including a 30 yard pass to Gage Upshaw before a screen pass to George Porter for the TD

Defense Sets The Table: an early interception by Bradley Central’s Baylor Terrell put the Bears in great field position and a score came soon thereafter.

McCallie defense stopped Signal Mountain on a 4th and 1 on the McCallie 21 … The Blue Tornado moved 77 yards for the score as Paul Silverblatt scampered 30 yards for the score

More Defense: In the opening game, Brainerd and Silverdale had key defensive stops … Brainerd stopped the Seahawks on its own15, but four plays resulted in no points for the Panthers … Silverdale moved the ball 20 yards before Brainerd’s Latony Word ended the game on an interception.

“We played good defense and that was a pleasant surprise,” said Brainerd coach Brian Gwyn.

Quick Learner: McCallie sophomore Javaughn Craig was a receiver in camp, but was moved to quarterback two weeks ago after Issac Kay suffered an injury … “he has great instincts,” said McCallie coach Ralph Potter

Must Improve: “We were not disciplined on defense and I have to do a better job of coaching,” said Boyd-Buchanan coach Grant Reynolds

“This loss is not acceptable … I cannot remember giving up 14 points in a jamboree.”

Need A Better Helmet: Signal Mtn. needs to have either an all white or all black helmet but half and half is not good and not attractive. 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

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