by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
One 10-minute period – that's all the football teams in the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) middle school, season-opening jamboree were given as they tried to lay claim to who at least looks like they might be a formidable opponent and/or "the team to beat."
Fairgrounds Stadium played host for the 2012 version of the annual event last Friday and Saturday (Aug. 10-11).
Plenty of parents, coaches, administrative staff and football fans alike came out to catch a glimpse of what their team looks like so far. It was good to witness what seemed like several thousand folks throughout the stadium, with a few clusters of supporters cheering from outside the stadium as well.
The jamboree got underway with Chickasaw defeating Kate Bond (6-0) in the first of 16 scrimmages that concluded with Georgian Hills, the defending city and state champs, taking on Bellevue and the game ending in a tie.
Although the several of the scrimmages ended without either team scoring, that certainly will not be the rule in the coming weeks. If your schedule permits, I strongly encourage you to attend a middle school football game or two this season. Watch and see that it is fun, exciting and doesn't cost nearly as much as going to a college or pro game.
Seriously, as long as our young student-athletes take care of their business at school, in the classroom, stay healthy and out of harm's way, then it will be a phenomenal season in deed.
Here are the Jamboree scores:
Chickasaw 6, Kate Bond 0
Kate Bond 0, Lester, 0
Grandview 0, Airways 8
Kirby 0, Hamilton 6
Colonial 8, Airways 0
Lester 0, Hickory Ridge 0
Cypress 0, Corry 0
A.M. Walker 8, Hickory Ridge 0
Craigmont 14, Oakhaven 0
Fairview 0, Wooddale 8
Kingsbury 0, Raleigh-Egypt 14
MAHS 0, American Way 0
Lanier 0, Havenview 0
Southside 0, Ridgeway 14
White Station 6, J.P. Freeman 0
Georgian Hills 0, Bellevue 0
MIAA RIVARLY MONTH
Be on the lookout for MIAA's "Rivalry Month" happening every Saturday in September, (with the exception of Sept. 8, Southern Heritage Classic Weekend). Rivalry Month equals high impact games involving some "must-see" traditional, neighborhood-pride games.
Sept. 1, Crump Stadium
4 p.m. – Vance Middle vs. Hamilton Middle
5:30 p.m. – Corry Middle vs. Geeter Middle
7 p.m. – Chickasaw Middle vs. J.P. Freeman Middle
Sept. 15, Halle Stadium
2:30 p.m. – Ridgeway Middle vs. Wooddale Middle
4 p.m. – A.M. Walker Middle vs. American Way Middle
5:30 p.m. – Havenview Middle vs. Colonial Middle
7 p.m. – Kirby Middle vs. Hickory Ridge Middle
Sept. 22, Crump Stadium
2:30 p.m. – MAHS Middle vs. Oakhaven Middle
4 p.m. – Lanier Middle vs. Riverview Middle
5:30 p.m. – Cordova Middle vs. Bellevue Middle
7 p.m. – Snowden Middle vs. White Station Middle
Sept. 29, Melrose Stadium
2:30 p.m. – Corry Middle vs. Airways Middle
4 p.m. – MAHS Middle vs. Southside Middle
5:30 p.m. – Grandview Middle vs. Georgian Hills Middle
7 p.m. – Craigmont Middle vs. Raleigh Egypt Middle
(Jamboree scores and "Rivarly Month" information provided by MIAA.)