The Sampson County Pigskin Jamboree featured lots of blocking paving holes for the backs, hard running, and stinging defensive hits — exactly what the coaches and fans were looking for as they prepare for the 2016 campaign. The test will come for most of the teams this week when they begin the regular season play on the field.
The Clinton Dark Horses had a good outing, better than their first scrimmage, said Clinton head coach Bob Lewis.
“We didn’t make nearly as many mistakes as we did in our first scrimmage and we got a good look at a lot of people. We also go some answers we needed,” noted Lewis.
Offensively, Ryheem Skinner, Tyion Wright and Kris Williams will be key factors on offense. While linebacker Michael Kramer will be one of the forces with the defense with some bone-jarring hits in the Jamboree. Clinton opens at home on Aug. 26 against Southwest Onslow.
Hobbton made a respectable showing as well at the Jamboree. “The defense had a few breakdowns, but also made some good stops against Clinton and Lakewood,” asserted Hobbton coach Robert Hill.
“Offensively we have to work on fundamentals and get our kids to the point where they get to where they are going without thinking,” said Wildcat offensive coach Steve Mallard.
Over at Midway, coach Jason Fussell said his team did a pretty good job for the first 20 minutes.
“After that we couldn’t maintain. We just got worn down,” said Fussell. “Our offensive line is still an area of concern, but we got to see what we needed to see and what we need to work on.”
Midway and Hobbton will face off on Friday at Midway.
Union coach Douglas Burley was pleased with his troops on Friday at the jamboree.
“Our offense blocked well and our starters did well. Nadir Goodman, Donavon Hayes, and Malik Williams did well,” said Burley.
Defensively, the Spartans shut out two teams, which made the veteran coach happy.
The Lakewood Leopards put on a good showing as quarterback Quamaine Williams put some spark into his team. They made some mistakes early, but got better as the night went on.
The first test for Lakewood and Union will come on Friday night when the Spartans play host to Lakewood.
Melony Henderson can be reached at [email protected] or 910-376-2127.