High School Football Jamborees
Jamboree at Finley Stadium
Tyner vs. Silverdale, 7
Boyd-Buchanan vs. Sale Creek, 7:30
Howard vs. Bradley Central, 8
McCallie vs. Signal Mountain, 8:30
Baylor vs. Cleveland, 9
McMinn County vs. Red Bank, 9:30
Grace Academy vs. East Ridge, 7
Notre Dame vs. Brainerd, 7:30
Hixson vs. Walker Valley, 8
East Hamilton vs. Central, 8:30
Rhea County vs. Ooltewah, 9
Soddy-Daisy vs. Franklin County, 9:30
Sequatchie Valley Jamboree at Whitwell
Bledsoe County vs. South Pittsburg, 7
Grundy County vs. Lookout Valley
Chattanooga Christian vs. Marion County
Whitwell vs. Sequatchie County
Chattanooga Christian vs. Lookout Valley
Bledsoe County vs. Sequatchie County
South Pittsburg vs. Marion County
Grundy County vs. Whitwell
The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.
"It's a sign of getting started, and it gets everybody -- fans, players, coaches -- excited for the season, and it's good for the kids," said Tyner coach Wayne Turner, who has been part of more than 30 such jamborees over the years.
Tyner and Silverdale Baptist open the 12-quarter series at 7 p.m., followed by Boyd-Buchanan vs. Sale Creek, Howard vs. Bradley Central, McCallie vs. Signal Mountain and Baylor vs. Cleveland . The McMinn County-Red Bank segment covers the final 20 minutes.
Admission is $8 per person (children under 6 free).
On Saturday, also starting at 7, Grace Academy plays East Ridge, Notre Dame goes against Brainerd, Hixson takes on Walker Valley, East Hamilton meets Central, Rhea County plays Ooltewah and Soddy-Daisy meets Franklin County.
"I wouldn't say I get excited," Signal coach Bill Price said. "We've got a full-blown scrimmage Thursday night and then we'll be at Finley Friday. I think all the coaches want to make a little money and get through their quarter without anybody getting hurt.
"I'll go back Saturday, too. While nobody is going to show much scheme-wise, it's a good chance to see other teams' personnel and to visit with other coaches."
The Sequatchie Valley jamboree also will take place tonight and Saturday, this year at Whitwell and also beginning at 7 Eastern. Teams in the SVC event are Bledsoe County, Chattanooga Christian, Grundy County, Lookout Valley, Marion County, Sequatchie County and Whitwell.
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Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...