The Marshall County Youth Football League kicked off the 2012 season with its annual pre-season Jamboree with each team playing one half as a warm-up to regular season that begins this Saturday at 10 a.m.
In the Pee Wee division, Fayetteville came out on top over the Warriors 13-7 behind strong runs by Braysen Atchley and K.J. Jackson. Marcus O'Neal led the Warriors on offense and on the defensive side as AJ Jones recorded four tackles on the day. Mason Owens helped Fayetteville's cause with three tackles.
In another close ballgame, the Packers won 12-6 over the Eagles with Antwon Cowthorn and Kalil Hill each scoring touchdowns for the Packers. Demari Braden would find the end zone for the Eagles and Elijah Wentzel led the Eagles defense with three tackles and Antwon Cowthorn led the Packers defense with two tackles.
In the first Junior division game, the Bobcats and the Buckeyes each scored on their opening possession, but the Buckeyes defense shut down the Bobcats the rest of the game on their way to a 21-7 win. Caneilus Turner did all the damage for the Buckeyes with three touchdowns, while Drew Jimenez added all three extra point runs. Makaleb Perry put the Bobcats on the scoreboard and Trey Brown added the extra point run. Caneilus Turner also led the Buckeyes on defense with two tackles and Chaye McElroy recorded three tackles for the Bobcats.
The Cowboys used most of the first quarter, driving steadily down the field and Javion Brown found the end zone to go up 7-0, but Javarria Rucker scored three touchdowns to give the Tigers the 18-7 win in the second Junior division game. Christian Stacey and Javarria Rucker each had four tackles for the Tigers, while Kel Greer led the Cowboys with two.
The Bears and Mustangs opened Senior Division play with strong defensive action by both teams. Keewon Ingram, Teshun Hill, and Joseph Freeland each had three tackles for the Bears. Seven different players recorded tackles for the Mustangs with Caleb Darnell leading the way with two. The Mustangs broke the tie with Darnell scoring the game's only touchdown and a Kavarus Tears pass to Keshun Gentry was complete for the two-point conversion as the Mustangs got the win 8-0
The Red Devils won over the Bobcats 13-0 in the next Senior Division game with Mitchell Ford and Wesley Walker each scoring touchdown runs. Taylor Clark led the Red Devils with three tackles and the Bobcats had nine different players recording tackles with Hunter Mitchell leading the way with three.
Many thanks go out to all the people involved that helped make it possible for the football tradition to continue for the youth of Marshall County, while Lincoln County is represented with a team in the Pee Wee division and Giles County continues as part of the league with teams in the Junior and Senior divisions.