It's football time

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MURFREESBORO

It was a dress rehearsal under the lights.

The only thing at stake? Bragging rights.

The Rutherford County Football Jamboree made its return Friday night in front of a full Tomahawk Stadium.

“We knew it was going to be a huge and live atmosphere because we’ve got one of the top districts,” Siegel senior Tae Martin said. ‘We knew a lot of people would be here.

“We wanted to make it just like a game. I felt it like this was a playoff game.”

The jamboree, which returned for the first time since 2000, went off without any issues. All teams went deep in its depth chart. The District 7-AAA public address announcers even had a chance to work off the rust. Each team’s announcer except Blackman’s called a quarter of their team’s game.

“It’s a county-wide jamboree,” said David Limbaugh, the Riverdale sports information director. “I thought it would be nice for all of the announcers to get together. I’m sorry we couldn’t get Blackman, but we tried.

“Basically, everybody got to do a practice game. I wanted the fans to hear the voice of their announcer.”

The game went on without many injuries. The most significant was likely Blackman backup running back Jaylen Miller, who sustained a knee injury late in the Blaze’s 7-6 win over La Vergne.

Siegel running back Jacob Hayes limped off the field at one point in the Stars’ 21-7 win over Smyrna. Oakland shut out Riverdale 7-0 in the night cap.

“It was a game-type atmosphere,” La Vergne quarterback C.J. Fore said. “It gives you different looks of what we’ll see during the season.

“That was a great feel for the rest of the season.”

Blackman fullback Antonio Allen said the scrimmage, which included two 12-minute quarters, gave coaches plenty to dissect entering the season. All Rutherford County teams open Friday night in Week 0.

“We got good film study for our coaches to break down and show us where we need to improve,” Allen said. “We’ll get a chance to see what we need to do better in.

“It was pretty impressive, though. Everybody in Rutherford County came out and supported their team. It was a pretty nice event.”

The Oakland-Riverdale portion of the jamboree had perhaps the biggest crowd.

“The crowd gave us an amazing feeling as a player,” Oakland sophomore Tyler Black said. “It brought a good atmosphere.”

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