The high school football season was in full swing on a hot and muggy Friday night as Union, Clinton, Midway, Hobbton and Midway hit the field for the annual Pigskin Jamboree on the Dark Horses’ home turf.
The format for the Jamboree allowed two teams to play at each end of the field with each session lasting 10 minutes. There were three sessions in the first half in which a team would be on offense and three in the second half, during which they would be on defense.
Union started the night facing the Lakewood offense. The Spartans were on top of their game as they stopped the Leopards in the first 10-minute session, not allowing them to cross the goal line.
The Union offense then went to work against the Midway defense in the second session, scoring a touchdown during their 10-minute period. During the third session the Spartans faced Clinton. The Dark Horse defense would hold their ground, not allowing the Spartan to score.
The first session of the second half was sweet for the Spartans as their offense scored three times against the Hobbton defense. Nadir Goodwin and Malik Williams both scampered into the end zone on the hard runs. The final scoring play came on a touchdown catch by Warren Gay.
The momentum continued in their next session when the Union offense scored on a rushing touchdown by Donovan Hayes over the Lakewood defense.
In the final session, the Spartan defense faced the Horses offense, which would score twice on touchdowns by Ryheem Skinner and A.J. Williamson.
After the jamboree concluded, Coach Doug Burley said he was pleased with the overall play of his Spartans.
“Our offensive line blocked well and our starters did their part,” noted Burley. “Our younger players played in the second half. Conditioning is something we need to work on. Right now we aren’t in shape, but with a lot of work we will get there. I’m very pleased with the defense as well. We shut out two of the teams we faced tonight.”
Burley concluded that the team looked better Friday night than it did in last year’s jamboree.
“Right now I’m feeling really good,” said Burley with a smile on his face.
The Spartans will open their regular season next week when they play host to Lakewood.
Melony Henderson can be reached at [email protected] or 910-376-2127