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The 2019 TOA Football Jamboree was held on Friday, Aug. 16 at Austin Peay’s Fortera Stadium, in which seven of the eight Montgomery County high schools participated in a final tune-up before their Aug. 23 season openers. 

Each game consisted of one half with a running clock in the second quarter, while kickoffs and punts were ruled dead on the catch, and the ball was moved to the 20-yard line to start drives. 

Kenwood 20, Christian County (KY) 14:

The Kenwood Knights started the evening off with a bang, as wide receiver Kavarius Moody took a screen pass from Jaylen Washington and went 80 yards untouched for the first score of the evening.

That would not be the end of the theatrics for the duo, though, as Washington found Moody on a streak down the right sideline on their next possession for a 61-yard touchdown, before another screen pass to Moody went 77 yards for their tandem’s third highlight play of the evening. They combined for 218 yards and three touchdowns in just two quarters.

Defensively, the Knights were stout for the first several drives, forcing three punts until Christian County scored on back-to-back drives. The game ended with the Colonels on the doorstep of another score.

The Knights’ offense was clearly their strongest unit, as Moody, despite throwing an interception, and Washington seemed ready for opening night.

Clarksville Northeast 7, Christian County (KY) 3:

After an explosive first game, Northeast and Christian County slowed things down in game two. Each team punted on their opening drives and then fumbled possession away on back-to-back plays.

The Colonels eventually broke the deadlock with a short field goal, but the Eagle offense was able to break out some highlights of their own on two, 30-yard plays: a run from Jaylin Bowser and a touchdown from J’Lin Powell to Elijah Leaupepe to take the lead.

Christian County’s next drive was stopped before it could start thanks to multiple sacks – including one from Leaupepe – and the Eagles were able to ice the scrimmage victory.

While the Eagles’ defense impressed, their ability to break off a few long plays made sure that their other unit’s efforts did not go to waste, despite difficulty moving the ball in prior drives.

Clarksville Northwest 7, Rossview 0:

Friday proved frustrating for the Rossview Hawks.

With a rivalry game looming in week one, they were unable to end any of their possessions with anything but a punt – including two three and outs – and while they were able to force a pair of punts from the Vikings, their efforts to reach the end zone fell short.

Northwest’s Laqualin Jones broke away the biggest play of the game by ripping off a 54 yard run to get the Vikings into the red zone, before quarterback John Redden hit Costa Linsey for the only score of the half. Big runs from Taveris Albury on their next possession allowed Northwest to run the clock out for the victory.

Both defenses performed well most of the game, while Northwest’s offense was able to make a few more plays than Rossview.

Clarksville 21, Montgomery Central 0:

The Montgomery Central Indians started the game with a bang when Lakendriez Sanders broke a 47-yard run on the opening play. Everything went downhill from there, as the drive stalled and they missed a long field goal. Their next possession resulted in a lost fumble, and the next three ended in punts.

Conversely, things started rocky for the Wildcats as they punted on their opening drive, before scoring touchdowns on three of their last four possessions. Colby Cook and Christopher Allen connected on a short pass for six, Jamauri Cobbs scampered in from 20 yards out and Shaun Anderson blazed through the Indians defense for a 60-yard touchdown on the team’s final possession.

Overall, Clarksville has little to concerned with as almost every possession went their way, while Montgomery Central appears to have more to work to do heading into Week 1.

West Creek 12, Sycamore 7:

The evening’s nightcap, which started after 9 p.m., featured the fewest total drives. West Creek only had the ball three times.

Their first possession ended in a fumble, but the next two resulted in SportsCenter-worthy highlights. Terrence Brown jumped over an airborne defender for a touchdown to make Randy Moss proud. The Coyotes followed with another big play as Walter Batey scrambled from sideline to sideline and across midfield, breaking tackles and juking defenders all the way to the end zone.

The main area of concern for the Coyotes following the scrimmage was special teams. After their first touchdown, head coach James Figueroa opted to go for a two-point conversion and failed to convert. After their second, the PAT went well wide of the goal post. 

West Creek’s defense bent but did not break, forcing two punts and one missed field goal. The Coyotes only allowed a single Sycamore touchdown.

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