Chattanooga, TN (WRCB)- It's football time in the Tennessee Valley.
At least for high school scrimmages.
The Best of Preps Football Jamboree or the Chattanooga Kickoff Classic, whatever you want to call it.
The 2014 version, at least the prologue is in the books Friday night.
Let's go to Finley Stadium, where it was Silverdale Baptist taking on Tyner in the opening set. Too much Tyner too soon for the Seahawks. Tyner's opening drive ends with a fifty yard touchdown jaunt by Jalen Grimes. Bolting for the sideline and shedding a few Seahawk tackles for paydirt. It wouldn't be the first offensive score for Wayne Turner's Rams. Tyner quarterback Emmanuel Moss finds Keonte Halfacre in the flat. It's a grab and go for another 50 yard score from midfield. Despite the 14 nothing scoreboard, Silverdale head
coach Al Rogers says he saw some good things.
"You know we moved the ball when we weren't hurting ourselves, a couple of missed snaps but we were still moving the ball I'm proud of the boys and we're gonna move forward"
"I thought we executed pretty well offensively a lot crisper than what we've been doing in a lot of practices. I was real pleased with the execution we had on the offensive side but we got to get better on tackling people on the defensive side, we were reaching too much tonight, but that will come as the season progresses."
The Boyd Buchanan Bucs in action against Sale Creek. The old quarterback keeper works to perfection with the referee screening the camera. But that's Bucs' signal caller Cooper Hodge a rumbling and literally pushing his way past Chris
and into the end zone for the Bucs first score. Meanwhile for Sale Creek's quarterback Jeb Hart, he was running for his life much of the night against a stout Buccaneer defense. Calvin Conn had a nice wrap up for lost yardage. Cooper Hodge hands off to E. J. Matthews, who with running mate Austin Jackson tore up the yardage as Boyd looks strong and Sale Creek a hurting.
Afterward Panthers head coach Ron Cox spoke about the injury bug, and the last play of the scrimmage when Jeb Hart was hurt.
"I'm real concerned that's a sophomore quarterback and the next is a freshman and we already have our starting tailback hurt and he's probably out for a couple of weeks."
"I saw our kids come out and play with a lot of passion early and that's what I challenged them to do before the game," said Bucs head coach Grant Reynolds.
Next up, Bradley Central versus Howard, and this is Bear fullback D.J. Moyse up the gut for six the hard earned way. 7 zip bears.
Hustlin Tiger head coach Mark Teague says bring it. But the Bears brought a serious defensive line, wrapping up Devon Sherrer before he got into first gear. Bradley Central's Cole Copeland looks and finds Tyler Carpenter who takes it home for the Bears second touchdown. That's all they'd need as Damon Floyd says it wasn't a bad initial run as the bears roll 14 zip..
How about some more coach speak?
"We're still making some mistakes you don't want to this time of the year but its good to get some of those out and hopefully we won't make those same mistakes Friday. It's a good dress rehearsal" said Bears' head coach Damon Floyd.
"The good thing I saw is our guys really didn't back down, they kept fighting, they made some mistakes and it was mistakes I told our coaching staff we were going to make, we hadn't had a scrimmage yet this year, this was our first scrimmage and actually I was pleased with it." said Howard head coach Mark Teague.