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Middle school football jamboree – 10 minutes and visions of glory

MSfootballJamboreeby 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


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.)


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