Four area high schools took part in the Huntingdon QB Club Jamboree Friday night at Paul Ward Stadium, officially launching the 2021 football season after last year’s jamboree was cancelled due to COVID. Adamsville and Lexington were matched up in the first and third quarters and McNairy and Huntingdon faced off in the second and fourth in varsity and junior varsity contests. JV teams played in the first and third quarters, varsity squads played in the second and fourth quarters, and each segment featured two 12-minute periods for each game with a running clock.
FIRST QUARTER: Adamsville (JV) 14, Lexington (JV) 0
The Cardinals looked good offensively as they relied on the big play to win the first quarter. The Cardinals scored on a 92-yard pass play for their first touchdown of the night. They also converted a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead and their defense held Lexington in check for most of the segment. The Cardinals added a 12-yard touchdown run to complete the scoring, giving Adamsville a 14-0 win.
SECOND QUARTER: Lexington (V) 3, Adamsville (V) 0
The Tigers got a measure of revenge in the second quarter as the defenses of both squads flexed their muscles in the varsity contest. The only points came on a 42-yard field goal for Lexington. Lexington had missed a field goal attempt earlier in the segment, but the kick hit the crossbar and fell short.
THIRD QUARTER: Huntingdon (JV) 24, McNairy (JV) 0
The younger JV players for the Mustangs set the precedent for the varsity later with a strong offensive output as a couple of sophomores and a freshmen got in on the scoring for the Mustangs.
The first score of the night for the Mustangs came as Tycen Willis scooped up a fumble and returned it 30 yards to the McNairy four, from where Eddie Woods cashed in on a four-yard run. Jaxx Bennett tacked on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Mustangs lead.
Bennett then set sail for the Mustangs as he scampered 60 yards for a score, and Brady Warbritton added the conversion for a 16-0 lead. Warbritton scored his own touchdown later when he ran in from 26 yards. Bennett, who scored ten points for the night, tacked on the conversion to make the final 24-0.
FOURTH QUARTER: Huntingdon (V) 21, McNairy (V) 0
The Varsity Mustangs continued the offensive and defensive onslaught in the final segment of the night.
The Mustangs were hitting on all cylinders, and senior running back Aden Hutcherson got the scoring started with a 41-yard scamper for a touchdown. After a season of going for two last year, the Mustangs this season have handed the kicking duties to senior Blake Reeves, and Reeves tacked on the extra point to make the score 7-0.
Cade Wood, who last year was named all-state as a linebacker and has joined the backfield this season, got in the touchdown act with a four-yard run. Reeves made good on the P.A.T. to make the score 14-0.
The last score of the night came from a sophomore as Tayshawn Rivers scored on an 11-yard run and Reeves made it three for three and a final score of 21-0.
The Mustangs open the regular season this Friday on the road as they travel across the creek for a non-region matchup with McKenzie. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.