It’s not quite football time in Middle Tennessee, but for dozens of area high schools, this weekend will serve as a final dress rehearsal of sorts.
Class 6A runner-up Ravenwood High School will host Siegel next Thursday, officially kicking off Week 1 of the 2015 high school football season. Most of the Midstate follows on Friday. Until then, however, teams have one more opportunity in a game-like atmosphere before the results begin to count.
“We’re super excited for this season and we feel like we have big things in front of us,” Pearl-Cohn wide receiver Rontavius Groves said. “It’s been exciting, the wait, but I’ve been starting to get a little anxious.”
That was evident in the Firebirds’ two-quarter scrimmage against Stratford on Thursday at Maplewood High School – part of the 47th annual Metro Football Jamboree – as Groves, one of the area’s top collegiate prospects, ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
“I know what I’m capable of, and I’m going to play to my highest ability every game regardless,” said Groves, who also hauled in a 70-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jimmy Ferrell.
Groves, a three-star prospect and the state’s ninth-ranked prospect according to 247Sports, is entertaining scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others, but said he’s in no hurry to make a verbal commitment.
“Maybe like midseason,” Groves said.
Friday’s portion of the Metro Football Jamboree will be held at Cane Ridge High School. Hillwood and Antioch will square off at 6 p.m., followed by Glencliff and Mt. Juliet Christian. Saturday’s action will be held at Overton High School.
Other area jamborees on Friday include the Rutherford County Jamboree at Stewarts Creek High School, the East Robertson Jamboree and the TOA Football Jamboree at Austin Peay.
The Red Hawks, who are beginning their third year, will host seven schools, including Blackman, Riverdale, Smyrna, Siegel, LaVergne, Oakland and Summit.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase Rutherford County football,” Stewarts Creek coach David Martin said. “We are honored to host it.”
The East Robertson Jamboree will feature 14 Midstate schools, including Jo Byrns, Sycamore, Greenbrier, Donelson Christian, Springfield, Hendersonville, East Robertson, White House Heritage, Cheatham County, Houston County, Fairview, White House, Clarksville Academy and Ezell-Harding.
“This jamboree gives everyone a chance to see all of our (Robertson County) teams, and also give people a chance to see some teams that some of us will play during the season,” East Robertson coach Chad Broadrick said. “I think it’s a good field that will feature a lot of really good teams, and we’re excited to play Friday night.”
Eight schools will be on hand for the TOA Jamboree, including Clarksville, Northwest, West Creek, Friendship Christian, Kenwood, Rossview, Montgomery Central and Northeast.
Here’s a look at some of tonight’s area jamborees
METRO FOOTBALL JAMBOREE
The 47th annual Metro Football Jamboree will be held Friday at Cane Ridge High School and Saturday at Overton. Admission is $6.
RUTHERFORD COUNTY JAMBOREE
The fourth annual Rutherford County Football Jamboree will be held Friday at Stewarts Creek High School. Admission is $6.
TOA FOOTBALL JAMBOREE
The TOA Football Jamboree will be held Friday at Austin Peay. Admission is $6.
6:45 p.m. West Creek vs. Friendship Christian
7:30 p.m. Kenwood vs. Rossview
SHELBYVILLE CENTRAL JAMBOREE
The second annual Pencil City Jamboree will be held Friday at Shelbyville Central High School. Admission is $5.
6 p.m. Shelbyville (Fr.) vs. Wilson Central (Fr.)
6:30 p.m. Community vs. Page
7:15 p.m. Shelbyville vs. Wilson Central
8:05 p.m. Cascade vs. Creek Wood
8:35 p.m. Cannon County vs. Creek Wood
9 p.m. Cannon County vs. Cascade
EAST ROBERTSON JAMBOREE
East Robertson High School will play host to a dozen schools on Friday. Admission is $7.
7:15 p.m. East Robertson vs. White House Heritage
8 p.m. Houston County vs. Cheatham County
COLUMBIA CENTRAL JAMBOREE:
Columbia Central High School will play host to five schools on Friday. Admission is $5.
6 p.m. Loretto vs. Middle Tennessee Christian
7 p.m. Lawrence County vs. Dickson County
HICKMAN COUNTY JAMBOREE
East Hickman vs. Wayne County
7:45 p.m. Hickman County vs. Wayne County/Perry County
Harpeth vs. Perry County
REGION 4-1A MIDSTATE JAMBOREE
Columbia Academy will host the 2015 Region 4-1A Midstate Jamboree on Friday. Admission is $6.
5 p.m. Cornersville vs. Richland
5:45 p.m. Fayetteville vs. Grace Christian
6:30 p.m. Huntland vs. Columbia Academy
7:15 p.m. Moore County vs Mt Pleasant (1 quarter)
7:45 p.m. Moore County vs. Summertown (1 quarter)
8:15 p.m. Summertown vs. Mt. Pleasant