The first-annual Williamson County Football Jamboree seemed to meet everyone’s expectations.
The event, which took place at Nolensville High School and hosted all nine Williamson County public schools, plus Rutherford County power Blackman, spanned five contests over an afternoon and an evening.
Officials announced 2,000 total tickets sold for the event, about half of those being pre-sold. Proceeds after expenses go to those schools.
Williamson County athletic director Jeremy Qualls was pleased.
“I think it went well. … It’s new to us, it’s new to this community,” Qualls said. “We hit our goal. We pre-sold over 1,000 tickets, which was one of our goals.”
Qualls also credited Nolensville coach Will Hester for the night running smoothly. Hester and his Knights begin their first varsity season next week.
“This whole last 48 hours have been hard. Will Hester has worked like he’s never worked before, and tried to coach a game, too,” Qualls added.
Qualls mentioned Brentwood as a possible host for next year’s Jamboree. Format and participating teams haven’t been determined for 2018.
Halves lasted 12 minutes each. For the most part, each team’s starters played the first quarter and its reserves, the second.
Williamson County Football Jamboree game summaries
Nolensville 14, Centennial 14
Quarterback Brandon Wharton led the (Knights) on a pair of early scoring drives, showing that he’s a much more polished passer than a year ago. One of Wharton’s tosses led to a short scoring run by Colton Dooley, which accounted for the scrimmage’s first score.
For Centennial, do-it-all star Tavion Fleming broke open for a 63-yard scoring reception from quarterback Tre Stewart for the Cougars’ biggest play.
Centennial opens at Ravenwood on Friday, while Nolensville hosts Fayetteville in its first official game the same night.
Ravenwood 16, Summit 7
Ravenwood kicker Sam French nailed three field goals, leading the Raptors and new coach Matt Daniels to a scrimmage victory.
Summit’s star running back, Tai Carter, didn’t play much, but broke off a 67-yard scoring run down the left sideline for the Spartans’ only points.
Summit opens at Spring Hill next week, while Daniels makes his debut against Centennial.
Blackman 28, Independence 14
This was the show everyone came to see, and it didn’t disappoint.
Blackman running back and Ohio State commit Master Teague scored on a short run, and wide receiver Trey Knox, recently named the No. 14 overall player in the Class of 2019 by Rivals, put on a show with a small handful of catches, including a great one on an intermediate throw along the left sideline to set up a score.
Independence’s receiving tandem also showed up. Kendrell Scurry scored on a 41-yard bomb, and T.J. Sheffield was the go-to guy, effectively working the middle of the field and moving the chains.
Independence opens at Oakland next week.
Franklin 7, Fairview 0
Franklin’s Carter Hendry came out on top over Fairview’s Kam-Harris Lusk in a battle of mobile quarterbacks.
Hendry had a long run to set up a one-yard scoring plunge by running back Michael Crowther, accounting for the game’s only points.
Franklin opens at home against Brentwood next week, while Fairview hosts Page
Brentwood 17, Page 0
Quarterback Carson Shacklett was in mid-season form, a highlight of his night being a 30-yard touchdown throw to Chase Bishop.
Kaden Dreier added a touchdown run for the Bruins.
Page got inside the 10 in the game’s final seconds, and a bad snap on the final play ruined an opportunity for the Patriots to get on the board.
Brentwood travels to Franklin next week, while Page travels to Fairview.