Itís Jamboree time!

Friday, August 4, 2017
Cornersville head coach Gerard Randolph is hoping to lead the Bulldogs back to the playoffs this season.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

School is back in session in Marshall County, but the three county high school football teams have been hard at work during the summer preparing for the new season.

After their final scrimmages this weekend, next weekend will be a huge measuring stick for all three county coaches as Marshall County High School and Forrest host jamborees on Friday, August 11.

The Cornersville Bulldogs travel to Fayetteville on Saturday, August 12 to take on the Lancaster Christian Academy Knights at 6:45 p.m.

The Knights are members of the National Association of Christian Athletes and are three-time national champions (2012, 2013, and 2014) in the league.

The Smyrna private school went 5-7 last season, losing all five games they played versus Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association schools by a combined score of 208-25.

The Gerard Randolph coached Bulldogs started the 2016 campaign with a 4-2 record before losing three-out-of-four to end the regular season with an even 5-5 mark.

Cornersville lost 62-12 at South Pittsburg in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs.

The Bulldogs open at home this season when they host the Community Vikings at Frog Bottom on August 18 at 7 p.m. and they play Lancaster Christian again in the last week of the regular season at Smyrna.

Marshall County head coach Thomas Osteen and the Tigers host Pope John Paul II next Friday night in jamboree action at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg.

The Marshall County Tigersí jamboree opponent this year is Pope John Paul II at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg at 7 p.m. next Friday.

The Thomas Osteen coached Tigers claimed their second Region 4/4A title in a row last year with an undefeated 5-0 record and finished the regular season slate with a 9-1 record.

MCHS won consecutive playoff games at home versus East Hamilton, Giles County and Spring Hill by a combined score of 144-13 before losing 31-24 at Knoxville Central in the 4A semifinals.

The Tigers open at home this season versus Cane Ridge at 7 p.m.

The Ravens also had a huge season last year, winning 12 games in a row before losing by three points (49-46) to state runner-up Independence in the 5A quarterfinals.

Forrest head coach Brent Johns and the two-time defending Region 5-A champion Rockets host a five-team jamboree next Friday night at Murrey E. Holton Memorial Field in Chapel Hill.

The Brent Johns coached Forrest Rockets entertain four teams in jamboree action next Friday as Lewis County and Spring Hill face off in a freshmen contest at 6 p.m.

The Giles County and Spring Hill varsity squads play at 7 p.m. and the Rockets host the first-year varsity squad RePublic Trail Blazers at 8 p.m.

The Trail Blazers are a Nashville charter school program and competed in junior varsity football the past two seasons.

RePublic competes in region 4-1A this year with Clay County, Gordonsville, Jo Byrns, Monterey, Pickett County and Red Boiling Springs and have non-region road games versus Pearl Cohn, Oakland and Glencliff.

The Rockets had another great season last year, losing a chance at their first undefeated regular season since 1980 when they lost at Jackson County 20-14 in the regular season finale.

The Rockets beat Tyner Academy 21-14 in the first round of the playoffs and came up with a heart wrenching 16-13 win over Meigs County before being eliminated 55-14 by Marion County at Chapel Hill in the 2A quarterfinals.

Forrest opens up the 2017 campaign at home versus BGA on August 18 at 7 p.m.