The five area varsity football teams gathered for the annual Robertson County Jamboree at East Robertson High School Friday night.
The event served as a final dress rehearsal regular season, which begins this Friday, Aug. 23.
Jo Byrns, Greenbrier, Springfield and White House Heritage each emerged with victories, while East Robertson tied McEwen. Clarksville Academy beat Houston County in the only game that did not involve a Robertson County program.
Below are recaps of each contest, which each lasted two quarters:
Clarksville Academy 14, Houston County 7:
The Cougars opened the jamboree with some fireworks.
Senior Deiondre Wilson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. On its first offensive possession, Clarksville Academy added another touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Miller Barnett. That score was set up by a long run from senior tailback Landry Forte.
Houston County scored its lone touchdown on a short run from Reece Jones. The Fighting Irish tried to tie the game on their final drive, but Warren Gant was forced out of bounds as time expired.
Jo Byrns 6, DCA 0:
Defense was the theme of the Jo Byrns-DCA matchup.
Red Devils senior linebacker Bobby Ogg intercepted DCA quarterback Bradford Gaines twice. But after Ogg’s first pick, Jo Byrns sophomore tailback Brian Salas immediately fumbled to hand the ball back to the Wildcats.
In the second quarter, junior tailback Jake Chennault broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown to put Jo Byrns ahead 6-0. The Red Devils defense did the rest and kept DCA off the scoreboard.
“It’s not a win, it’s practice,” Jo Byrns coach Tom Adkins said. “We look at this thing like it’s a scrimmage. But we played better than we did in our previous two scrimmages.”
Greenbrier 7, Harpeth 0:
Greenbrier coach John Elmore was not thrilled with his team’s performance against the Indians.
The game was filled with penalties and lacked any semblance of rhythm. But the Bobcats were still able to eke out a 7-0 win thanks to a short touchdown run by junior Izik Rector in the first quarter.
“The penalties that were called were the right calls,” Elmore said. “You could see us not moving our feet, grabbing holds, the late hit out of bounds. We’ve got to be more disciplined and not do that stuff.”
The Bobcats moved the ball well at times, and veteran quarterback Tristan Leopold completed passes to Silas Page and Derek Taylor, who had a diving touchdown catch erased by a holding penalty.
Springfield 13, Cheatham County 2:
The Yellow Jackets came out hot, and the Cubs simply couldn’t keep up.
Springfield senior QB Kevontez Hudson found fullback Christian Trujillo for a short touchdown pass, and backup QB Austyn Day later hit fullback Yonel Rodriquez for a score on a similar play.
Cheatham County scored its lone points on a safety after a snap went over the head of Springfield freshman QB Dya’ron Grundy and out of the back of the end zone. Otherwise, the Yellow Jacket defense was stout.
“(The starters) did well, and the young guys went out there, got a bunch of tackles and had fun,” Springfield coach Dustin Wilson said. “The defense looked good. Now it’s on to the real thing.”
East Robertson 14, McEwen 14:
Taylor Groves made his surprise debut at quarterback for the Indians, and the early returns were positive.
Groves rushed for a pair of touchdowns and completed several passes. He replaced Drake Alsup, who moved back to receiver and caught a few of Groves’ passes.
But McEwen answered with a long rushing touchdown by senior QB Hayden Colston, and the Warriors tacked on a late score to knot the game at 14. Groves tried to lead the Indians on a potential game-winning drive, but the clock expired before East Robertson could work its way into McEwen territory.
“I think tonight everybody was buying in,” East Robertson coach Atlee Pond said. “It was a step in the right direction for our team. My biggest thing was being mentally tough. I don’t think anybody in the stands can say that we are soft.”
White House Heritage 20, Community 6:
After winning just one game last year, White House Heritage had a full offseason with its coaching staff to regroup.
The Patriots showed progress in a 20-6 win over Community, though coach Heritage coach Stetson Dickerson said his team still has room for further improvement.
“I don’t think this was our best product tonight, regardless of what the score showed,” Dickerson said. “We left some stuff out here on the field. This tape gives us a lot to work on moving forward.”
Junior quarterback Will Wilson completed a 34-yard pass to senior receiver Trenton Tuttle, setting up a five-yard touchdown run by Jackson Mapes in the first quarter.
Seven minutes later, Tuttle scooped up a Community fumble and took it to the house for a 53-yard score. Community answered with a 39-yard strike from QB Dallas Grooms to Zander Monroe.
Malakhai Illaramendi capped the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He finished with 62 yards rushing on just four carries.