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Longhorns, Warriors play to 0-0 tie in Three Rivers Jamboree

In all honesty high school football jamborees really don't serve a whole lot of purpose, but JCHS was pleased with its first outing.
In a one-quarter scrimmage where the winner is usually who gets the less people hurt, JCHS and Happy Valley played to a 0-0 tie Friday night at the Three Rivers Jamboree at Elizabethton.
The scrimmage pretty much saw JCHS control the clock, but fail to score. Both teams, especially Happy Valley, were trying to protect players from being hurt.
“For what we've got we looked pretty good,” JCHS head coach Mike Atwood said. “That's basically what we're going to have to do and you saw when we got there close we made mistakes and if we can't get points out of it we're going to be in trouble. We're basically trying to run the clock down and keep the ball out of the other team's hands.”
The Longhorns were on offense most of the time and Atwood hopes the scores are eventually going to come.
“We're only going to get better,” Atwood said. “We're still young and some of these kids this is the first-snap they've ever taken in varsity action. They were almost all first-year players.”
Atwood says expect this style of football to continue through the rest of the season.
“It's going to be boring, but we feel like they can't score if they don't have it,” Atwood said. “If we cut down on mistakes on the goal line we'll have a chance to be successful this year. Out of our 22 starters there were 17 who made their first varsity snap. We have new players and we're young. Our offensive line does have a chance to be really good and they're going to have to be.”
Several freshmen and sophomores saw action in the scrimmage and performed admirably.
“I think we only have seven guys who have seen time on the varsity level,” Atwood said. “We've had two big senior classes and it's been hard to get time on the varsity level.”
One young man who had an outstanding scrimmage was Luke Poteet, who rushed five times for 30 yards.
Poteet will be a focal point of this grind it out offense.
“He goes one direction and that's straight ahead,” Poteet said. “He's like a fire hydrant, he's hard to tackle.”
Overall, Atwood thought it was a good first dress rehearsal.
“I was pleased with the effort,” he said.