Rebels lone county victor at jamboree
By Amanda Lowrance
Preseason middle school football matchups led to only one county victory and only one county team reaching the end zone.
The Bethel Springs Rebels came out on top with two touchdowns and a victory over the Adamsville Jr. High Cardinals.
“I think that the beauty of the middle school level football in McNairy County is that everybody is a rival,” said Selmer Coach Larry Williams. “No matter who you play everybody is a rival.”
Williams organized the Jamboree so that the county teams each had a team outside the county to play. It was unfortunate that a team out of Jackson had to drop out last minute, but Adamsville and Bethel competed against each other.
In the first match, the announcer called it the ‘Battle of the Eagles’ as Chester County and Ramer took the field for the time-constricted scrimmage.
Chester scored the first touchdown with three minutes left on the clock in the first quarter. They failed the two-point conversion attempt setting the score 6-0.
Catching a 12 yard pass, Chester gained another touchdown in the second and then picked up a two-point conversion to finish 14-0 over Ramer.
Playing back-to-back, the Michie Blue Devils and Corinth seventh grade Warriors fought two quarter as the time clock continuously ran. Corinth had a large size football team, which split up to play as two different teams against two local teams.
Michie played the younger team and lost 8-0.
“It’s just little mistakes that we are making,” said Michie Coach Michael Cleary. “One person’s man is not blocking or making the tackle, but we still got time to correct it. It’s still early. Overall we made a lot of improvements. I told them what to do and they went out and done it.”
Ta Ta Newsome scored the first touchdown for the county and for the Bethel Springs Rebels in the first quarter in the game against the Adamsville Junior High Cardinals.
Darwin Kelly intercepted an Adamsville pass and scored the second touchdown for Bethel gaining over 60 yards on the play.
The Rebels attempted a two two-point conversions that failed, one with a flag on the play for too many lineman and on the other attempt, Adamsville sacked the quarterback before he could pass the ball.
Bethel defeated Adamsville 12-0 in the end.
Selmer Lions fell to the Warrior eighth graders of Corinth 6-0 with a touchdown scored three minutes into the scrimmage.
“I always feel that if you want to be the best you have to beat the best,” said Williams.
Many of the coaches feel that losing a preseason game will only make the team stronger.
“Anytime that we can compete against someone good in the preseason, its better on us,” said Cleary.
Thursday, Ramer will host Middleton, Michie will play at Adamsville, and Bethel will travel to Pickwick Southside. Good luck to the county teams as they begin their season and look for coverage in next week’s Independent Appeal.