Friday night football returns to the area this weekend
It's finally back: Friday night football.
The fall high school sports season kicked off Aug. 23 at the annual football jamboree at Sweet Springs High School.
The event matched Concordia, Saint Paul Lutheran, Santa Fe and Sweet Springs all battling each other on the field in limited playing time. It was an opportunity for the coaches to see what their teams still need to work on while having some fun before the season officially begins Friday.
Head coach Tom Gramates said his team is ahead of where it was this time last year during the Jamboree.
"We played fast on both sides of the ball and did not turn the ball over," Gramates said. "We have to get in better shape and be a little bit more sound on assignments.
"We have a big test week one, and I think our boys are looking forward to the challenge."
The Orioles open the season at home Friday against Lafayette County. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Saint Paul Lutheran Saints
Head coach Larry Laubenstein said his team played well but still needs to clean some things up to be ready by Friday.
"I think the jamboree went well for us," Laubenstein said. "No one was injured, and everyone got to play some.
"We still need to improve our blocking and tackling. And we had some sloppy execution at times."
The Saints head to Wentworth Military Academy on Friday. Due to the extreme heat, kickoff has been moved back to 8 p.m.
Sweet Springs Greyhounds
Head coach Melvin Baker said he saw his players enjoying the game, playing together as a team and willing to work to get better. "Improvement can and will be made in all areas of our game," Baker said. "Work on fundamentals of the game will be the focal point throughout the season. "We played with only 13 players but we'll have an additional six players for support in upcoming games. Staying healthy is always a concern with lower numbers of players."
The Greyhounds will battle Windsor at 7 p.m. Friday at home.
Santa Fe Chiefs
Head coach Andy Frerking said he thought his team gained a lot of experience from the Jamboree.
"Our team saw that the speed of the game would be different than how we have been practicing, so that will help us as we prepare for week one," he said. "Our team is young, and we have shown a great deal of improvement over the summer. We are still developing as a group."
The Chiefs open the 2013 season at 7 p.m. Friday at Slater.
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