Aug 17, 2014
Cardinal Gibbons High School will play host to the 6th Annual HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree on Saturday.
The event features 16 area teams and includes eight games. Each game will consist of two 24-minute halves with a running clock. The clock will stop for injuries and timeouts.
Unlike the traditional scrimmages where teams get 10 plays on offense and then rotate, the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree allows teams to use the entire 100-yard field. Scrimmages will be treated like normal games with the exception of kicking situations, which will not be live.
Admission is $5.00 for the day. Concessions will be sold on site, and vendors will be outside the gate as spectators enter the stadium. You can also pick up free HighSchoolOT.com gear while supplies last.
Here is the schedule for the day:
12:00 PM - Green Hope vs. East Wake: The Falcons are looking up this season after a 5-7 record last year. Green Hope returns starting quarterback Luke Massei, who passed for over 2,800 yards last season. Receiver Bryce Dixon recently picked up an offer from Boston College. East Wake fell just shy of making the playoffs last season, but they return powerful running back Damontay Rhem who rushed for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013.
1:15 PM - Panther Creek vs. E.E. Smith: Panther Creek quarterback Brenden Magner returns this season after passing for almost 2,000 yards last year, leading the Catamounts to a 9-3 record. The Catamounts have to replace a number of key players from 2013, but they did get a transfer in running back Toney Bass who won a state title at Southern Durham last season. E.E. Smith returns quarterback Harold Herbin who passed for 2,830 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. Herbin's top receiver Shawn Barnes is back after leading Cumberland County is receiving yards with 956 yards last fall.
2:30 PM - Triton vs. Lee County: The Hawks are coming off a 9-3 season, and they have a new coach in Ben Penny. D'Angelo Harris might be the go-to-guy for Triton this season after rushing for about 900 yards last fall. Lee County returns nearly every starter from a 9-3 team in 2013. Quarterback Duane Bland passed for over 1,000 yards, but after picking up a transfer during the off season, Bland will play other positions on both sides of the ball. The Jackets also return their top three rushers from 2013.
3:45 PM - Garner vs. Sanderson: Garner features running back Nyheim Hines, one of the top running backs in the Class of 2015 who has offers from dozens of Division-I schools. Hines rushed for over 3,000 yards and scored 50 rushing touchdowns to help the Trojans to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the third round of the state playoffs. Sanderson is coming off its best season in years with a 6-6 record behind coach Ben Kolstad who was in his first year last fall. Defense should be a strength for the Spartans this season, led by rising senior Cole Nigro who posted 82 tackles and 17.5 tackles for a loss last season.
5:00 PM - Rolesville vs. Princeton: Rolesville will play its first year of varsity football this season. The Rams posted a 4-6 record as a junior varsity team in 2013. Rolesville will be tested in this scrimmage as the Rams face the No. 1 running back in the Class of 2015 – Johnny Frasier. The rising senior carried the ball 248 times for 3,042 yards and 45 touchdowns last fall for Princeton, leading the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record.
6:15 PM - Middle Creek vs. Southern Durham: Middle Creek made a run to the Eastern Regional Final in 2013, posting a 12-3 overall record. The Mustangs return quarterback Brant Grisel who passed for 3,400 yards last season. Middle Creek does need to replace some receivers, but Grisel should have help in the backfield with quality running backs. Southern Durham is coming a 14-2 season in which the Spartans won the 3-AA state championship. Wake Forest recruit Kendall Hinton is back for the Spartans after throwing for 3,972 adds and 39 touchdowns and rushing for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Running back Will Cameron, a West Virginia recruit, also returns after rushing for 819 yards last year.
7:30 PM - Millbrook vs. Jack Britt: After losing in quadruple overtime in the third round of the playoffs last season, Millbrook returns a number of starters this year to build on it's 10-4 record. Quarterback Reid Herring returns after passing for more than 2,000 yards last year, as does running back Marcus Marshall who rushed for about 1,000 yards. Linebacker James Smith-Williams will help anchor the defense; he has committed to NC State. He will be assisted by defensive end Kengera Daniel who has a number of Division-I offers. Jack Britt is a perennial power in the Mid-South 4-A Conference, but it will have to replace some key playmakers on offense. The Bucs will have a very stout defense as they return their top five tackles from last season, led by Joe Stevenson who posted 139 tackles.
8:45 PM - Cardinal Gibbons vs. Knightdale: Cardinal Gibbons will need to replace a big time quarterback in Shawn Stankavage who has moved on to Vanderbilt, but the Crusaders do return rusher David Smith who rushed for 550 yards last season. Earl Gill is the top returning receiver after posting 1,066 yards and six touchdowns last fall. Knightdale also has a number of key players to replace after an 11-2 season last year. Cedric Dargan is taking over the helm as the head coach, and he will have a new quarterback. Nick Pope is the top-returning passer for the Knights.
On Sunday night at 8 p.m., join Nick Stevens for a live jamboree wrap-up show on HighSchoolOT.com. We will show highlights, air interviews, and break down what we learned in the jamboree.
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