Once we got started it was a pretty good jamboree with some nice surprises. After an hour and a half lightening delay, things got interesting and the feel of "Friday Night Football" was back!
GAME ONE: Chapin 14, Pelion 0
This was not a surprise as the Chapin Eagles, who will be moving up to 5A in the next realignment, were expected to handle Pelion. Chapin WR Chase Barber scored the two touchdowns on receptions for the Eagles while the Panthers moved the ball well between the 30's but could not get into the red zone.
GAME TWO: Batesburg-Leesville (2A) 13, White Knoll (5A) 0
Batesburg-Leesville was the pleasant surprise for the night, taking advantage of some miscues by the Timberwolves offense to pull off an upset (if there is such a thing in a jamboree). White Knoll looks strong at running back and play well enough on defense but do seem to give up the big play. They must improve at the quarterback position and get better at catching the football. As for the ground game, they are solid in the running back department.
GAME THREE: Lexington (5A) 13, Gilbert (3A) 7
The Indians moved the ball well on the first drive and while they appear to be a lot smaller up front than in previous few seasons, they are strong at the running back position. Defensively they were unable to shut Lexington down on 3rd downs and that was the difference in the scrimmage. The Wildcats of Lexington will struggle this season but they do look strong on the defensive side of the football and the bright spot on offense is junior running back Jordan Hiller.
GAME FOUR: Brookland-Cayce (3A) 0, River Bluff (5A) 0
A scoreless scrimmage and not surprising. The River Bluff Gators are going to struggle on offense this season; defensively, they have speed and played solid against a dangerous BC offense. The Bearcats struggled with sloppiness tonight but they were coming off of an impressive showing against Greenwood in the Greenwood jamboree on Thursday night.
TOP PLAYERS OF THE NIGHT
Ke'Shaun Williams, CB, Batesburg-Leesville - in my opinion, this sophomore was the best athlete on the field the entire night. While he's still raw at a young age, I would confidently say this was the best D1A prospect on the field tonight. A definite future power five conference type of player.
David Cromer, LB, Lexington - Another sophomore, Cromer is playing at linebacker for the Wildcats and has the potential to be the top linebacker prospect in the MIdlands as he progresses in his career. Solid athlete, quick to the ball and very pad-level in his delivery.
Chase Barber, WR, Chapin - Proved to have excellent concentration, great hands and good speed. Was the difference in the game against 1A Pelion.
Datrun Keith, WR, Pelion - Excellent speed, strong vertical ability and great hands. This kid is a dangerous wide receiver but may need to move behind center to touch the ball more as the team's best athlete.
Reed Charpia, QB, Brookland-Cayce - probably the best pure athlete on the field all night, Charpia continues to show his scrambling abilities are second to none in the Midlands and perhaps the entire stte. Look for this junior signal caller to have a big season in 2017.