SMYRNA – La Vergne football coach Stanton Stevens was quick to make the correction Friday night, minutes after his team shut out Oakland 6-0 in the fourth annual Rutherford County football jamboree.
“You can’t win in a jamboree,” Stevens said. “We are still 0-0.”
Yes folks. The scoreboard at Stewarts Creek showed a winner and a loser.
But let’s be honest. At best this was a dress rehearsal or a walk-through for next week. Perhaps just call it a fundraiser for all of the county’s largest schools.
It wasn’t the best indicator of what we’ll see during the regular season — at least I hope not. If so, the county’s teams are going through some significant rebuilding.
Now, with that said there were shining moments.
Third-year Stewarts Creek showed it is much improved. The Red Hawks’ offense scored on their first two possessions in their 14-7 win over Blackman. And their run game looked like it could be productive in Region 5-5A.
And don’t forget La Vergne’s win. Oh, and Siegel’s offense showed it may be high-powered again.
But again, don’t put too much stock on what the teams did. The jamboree looked more of a contest on who could keep things the most conservative.
“Oakland is still Oakland,” Stevens said. “I think (Oakland coach Kevin Creasy) was doing some things to really hide what his game plan really is. He hasn’t won that many state championships for no reason.”
Creasy won three state titles at Trousdale county before coming to Oakland to replace Thomas McDaniel, who left for Christian Brothers.
5A teams the big winner
Stewarts Creek and La Vergne will not face Blackman and Oakland, respectively, in the regular season after both dropped to 5A in the off-season when the TSSAA went through a reclassification.
For Creek, which is 3-17 in its first two years as a school, the win in the jamboree was a possible sign of things going in the right direction.
“This gives us a bunch of confidence,” Stewarts Creek senior Cynterius Lyons said. “We’ve been working hard on that practice field each and every day.
“We’ve watched film. And worked hard. We’ve gotten better. We just wanted to come out and show it.”
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.
Rutherford Co. Football Jamboree
Stewarts Creek 14, Blackman 7
Riverdale 13, Smyrna 0
Siegel 21, Summit 7
La Vergne 6, Oakland 0