Just off of Exit 8 on I-110 in Louisiana, there’s not a parking spot in sight. Trucks, SUVs, and sedans alike are lined up for miles to watch the the East Baton Rouge Kickoff Jamboree at Scotlandville High School. It is the kickoff event for the high school football season, and it’s an atmosphere that rivals most events I’ve been to. The night started off with White Castle High School and Tara High School, and then Istrouma High School beating Mentorship Academy. We also had Liberty v. McKinley and Belaire v. Scotlandville, below are highlights and analysis of both games.
Liberty got the ball first vs. McKinley, and striked with a quick 50-yard drive. Quarterback Khylan Gross dropped in a 17 yard pass to a wide open Javontez Colar, and quickly Liberty gained a 7-0 lead. McKinley had a quick 3 and out, and then it was more of the same for Liberty, as Kaleb Jackson scampered into the end zone for a similar red zone score, and after the first half it was 14-0, Liberty. Gross and Jackson had 2 touchdowns each, and the defense racked up 5 sacks in a 26-0 rout of McKinley.
Here are the highlights for Liberty v. McKinley:
The last game of the evening was Belaire High School at Scotlandville High School. Scotlandville started with a bang, a 77-yard touchdown pass to John Hubbard. Belaire went 3 and out after that, and then forced a turnover on downs, just to turn the ball over on downs again. A Belaire Pass Interference penalty gave Scotlandville the opportunity to answer with another touchdown, this time to Damien Knighten, giving the Hornets a 12-0 lead. Belaire came out of halftime with some momentum following a 25 yard run from Denichlass Jeter, but the drive fizzled out after a false start, and they turned the ball over on downs. 2 big runs from Scotlandville, and it was 19-0 with only 5 minutes left in the game. Scotlandville ended up scoring one more touchdown in the final minute to bring the final score to 26-0.
Here are the highlights for Belaire v. Scotlandville:
Some Standouts of the Jamboree: Kaleb Jackson, Khylan Gross, and Scotlandville’s C’zavian Teasett each had 2 touchdowns for their respective teams in the Jamboree Action.