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By David Sharp
Schuyler County and North Shelby won two scrimmages each during the August 18, 2023 Knox County 8-Man football jamboree held at Ella Campbell Field. The highly regarded Raiders turned in the biggest victory, downing host Knox County by an 18-margin.
Jay Miles scored a Raider touchdown from five yards out. Cole Browning reeled off two impressive runs of 70 and 60 yards for North Shelby touchdowns. Knox County freshman Creighton Karhoff denied the Raiders a fourth score when he intercepted a pass in the end zone.
Scoring totals listed here are unofficial. Each team played a set of quarters against their opponent’s varsity, then JV teams competed in an equal number of plays. The football jamborees are practice sessions, competed between area high school football teams.
Each team involved will start their regular football season on Friday, August 25, 2023 weather permitting. North Shelby hosts St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond this Friday night at 7PM.
Knox County will host Schuyler County on August 25, 2023 in the season opener, for both teams. Paris will play their first ever 8-Man football game, traveling to the Southwest Livingston County Coop Friday night at 7PM.
Knox County and Schuyler County played to a 6-6 tie. Cooper Clair scrambled for a 15 yard Eagle touchdown run. Connor Smith hooked up on a long Schuyler County pass to the KCHS 10 yard line. Casey Starrett capped the drive with a ten yard scoring run.
Both the Knox County and Schuyler County scoring runs came during the JV portion.
North Shelby scored one of their touchdowns against Paris on a 51 yard interception return. Cole Browning scored on a seven yard run. Paris turned in a 50 yard option play, setting up a 15 yard scoring run for the lone Coyote score.
North Shelby defeated Paris by a 12-6 final. The Raiders downed Knox County by an 18-0 margin.
Knox County downed Paris by a 12-6 final score. Cooper Clair scored on a 17 yard run. Robert Dooley powered to the second Eagle touchdown.
Schuyler County defeated Paris by a 12-6 final. Conner Smith passed 29 yards to Elliiott Sevits for a Ram score. Brody Weaver tallied the remaining Schuyler County touchdown on a 20 yard run.
Schuyler County edged North Shelby by a 12-6 final in the Jamboree’s concluding series. Kale Windy raced 60 yards for a Ram TD. Gabe Orr caught a 26 yard pass from Jade Daniel for a Raider touchdown.
Connor Smith connected with Mayson Humphrey for the decisive Schuyler County touchdown.
“As the jamboree went on, our boys got a little more confidence,” Schuyler County coach Corey Randall said. “We changed a few things in the off season. We are still learning. I think things clicked in the middle of the jamboree. I was really impressed with them. I was happy with it.”
“Most of these boys have been playing since they were freshman,” Corey Randall said. “They have taken their lumps. Now they are seniors. They have that experience. I think it is their time.”
“We do have the weapons. Pick your poison. Who are you going to stop? That’s what we are going to try to do,” Coach Randall said. Schuyler County has 25 men out for football. Seven are seniors with four juniors.”
The Rams have a good mix of power and speed. Schuyler County takes on a youthful, but athletic group of Knox County Eagles at Ella Campbell Field in the first 8-Man football game for both teams.
The speed matchup may pose defensive problems for both sides. “If you figure it out, let me know,” Corey Randall said when asked how 8-Man teams counter the kind of running speed possessed by Schuyler and Knox County.
“It’s tough. Knox is always well coached. That’s something you can’t take from them. They are young. They have a really good coaching staff. They will always be ready to come and play.”