Calera, other county teams ready for jamboree games

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Helmets from opposing teams will collide tomorrow night, signalling the start of the high school football season.

Teams throughout the county will participate in preseason jamboree games, the first inter-squad competition since last season for schools that didn’t play in a spring game.

The action gets under way Thursday at Calera’s Cairns Stadium.

The Calera jamboree will showcase a battle of Shelby County schools versus Chilton County schools with Vincent taking on Verbena at 6:30 p.m. and the Eagles battling Isabella at 8 p.m.

The games will feature three 12-minute quarters each.

Some real-game action could be beneficial for Calera, who will rely on

young players to fill holes left by a host of graduating seniors.

&uot;It’s good getting to play against someone else’s first team,&uot; Calera coach Ken Adams said. &uot;You feel a lot more safe on your own practice field. But when you get into a game situation and the fans are there and the lights are on, it’s a little bit of a different situation.

&uot;In a jamboree there is not as much pressure,&uot; Adams said. &uot;It gives you a chance to get the nerves and jitters out.&uot;

The Thompson Warriors will also play a Thursday-night jamboree game, squaring off against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.

Montevallo High School travels to Jemison for a 7:30 p.m. game.

After playing last season in Class 4A, Shelby County will join the 5A ranks this season. The Wildcats hope to prepare for the jump with a jamboree

matchup against 6A Oak Mountain. The Wildcats and the Eagles will go head-to-head at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Heardmont Sportsplex in North Shelby.

Chelsea will host Coosa-Central Friday night at 7 p.m. and Pelham will host Moody at 7:30 p.m.

Briarwood Christian will take on Shades Valley at Vestavia Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Spain Park vs. Homewood