55th Prep Football Jamboree - Notebook

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Saturday’s Schedule – Finley Stadium

7 p.

m. – Grace Academy vs. East Ridge … 7:30 m. – Notre Dame vs. Brainerd … 8 p.m. – Hixson vs. Walker Valley … 8:30 p.m. – East Hamilton vs. Chattanoga Central … 9 .m. – Rhea County  vs. Ooltewah … 9:30 p.m. – Soddy Daisy vs. Franklin County.

Friday Night Highlights

Approximately 5,000 fans made their way to Finley Stadium for the first night of the 55th annual Chattanooga Prep Football Jamboree.

Tyner Then and Now … In the inaugural High School Jamboree – Aug. 1960 at UC’s Chamberlain Field -   the Ram Train defeated Soddy Daisy, 7-0, on a TD run by David Daughetes … Friday night at Finley Stadium, the Ram Train of coach Wayne Turner posted another Jamboree shutout with a 14-0 triumph against Silverdale as Jaylen Grimes and Keiontae Halfacre reached the end zone.

Long TD Run – In game No.2, Boyd Buchanan quarterback ran 45 yards down the left sideline for the Bucs’ first score … teammate Austin Jackson had 63 yards on four carries.

“We ran the football well and tackled well with no turnovers,” said Boyd Buchanan coach Grant Reynolds.

Sale Creek second year coach Ron Cox said, “I liked how we competed tonight and even after Boyd scored that second touchdown we came right back and got a first down. We’ll be alright this season and will surprise some folks.”

Exciting Ending – Signal Mountain 10, McCallie 7 … The Eagles trailed 7-3 late in the quarter, but after Chris Moore recovered a McCallie fumble at midfield, QB Jack Teter found Hunter Vandyken open down the middle for a 37 yard scoring strike as time ran out.

Long TD Passes … Bradley Central … 35 yarder Cole Copeland to Tyler Carpenter in 13-0 win against Howard

McCallie … 29 yarder, Javaughn Craig to Tyler Payne in 10-7 loss to Signal Mountain

Quick Score: Baylor 7, Cleveland 3 -- Baylor wasted little time in scoring as the Red Raiders marched 70 yards in 2:53 as QB Nick Tiano was 3-4 for 70 yards including a 45 yard scoring toss to Gage Upshaw … In contrast, Cleveland then went 15 plays in 11:30 and settled for a 35 yard Brandon Romero field goal.

Bad Tuesday … Good Friday -  In Tuesday’s Red Bank-McMinn County scrimmage, the visiting Lions scored four touchdowns on the Cherokees home turf … Needless to say McMinn County coach Bo Cagle was not pleased … “We pride ourselves in playing hard and never quitting. So we came out tonight (Friday) with a much different mindset than in our scrimmage Tuesday.”

Late in the quarter, Cherokee QB Corbin Power found Shymez Brabson behind the Lion secondary and made good on a 58 yard scoring toss with 1:51 remaining for the 7-0 win.

“A totally different effort tonight,” said coach Cagle. “We played hard the entire quarter. When we do that we can overcome a lot.”

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


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