Montevallo jamboree marred by injuries

Published 11:15 pm Friday, August 19, 2011

Montevallo High School offensive lineman Patrick Lawley clears a path for running back Garrius Chappell during a jamboree Aug. 19 against Autaugaville. (Contributed/Brian Wolfe)

By AMBER JEWELL / For the Reporter

MONTEVALLO — A jamboree game is suppose to just be a game where each team’s fan base can come out and scout the talent before regular season begins.

Montevallo’s Aug. 19 jamboree against Autaugaville and Verbena, however, may end up being the biggest games the Bulldogs will play this season.

In the first game against Autaugaville, two key senior offensive linemen were taken out with injuries, including senior Trey Colley.

In his junior year, Colley missed most of the season with a broken leg and he’s looking at missing at least five weeks of his senior season following the injury in the jamboree.

After all that was said and done Autaugaville came out on top.

In the Bulldogs’ second game of the night, they went up against the Verbena Red Devils.

Though the Bulldogs pushed through and played with heart, the loss of their fellow players was evident.

Sophomore Lance Boothe proved he will be a key player for Montevallo this season in the game against Verbena. Boothe ran the ball hard and showed he knows when to cut to miss a tackle. Another key for the Bulldogs this season will be senior running back Garrius Chappell.

The defense  has some issues they need to work on to get more in sync with each other, especially with the Bulldogs meeting rival Calera in the first game of the season Aug. 26

Montevallo coach Jamie Williams said the Bulldogs have plenty of areas to improve upon before taking on the Eagles.

“The running game really needs to be worked on, especially after losing key players to injuries,” Williams said. “You have to do whatever it is you do each week better the next, regardless of a win or loss. Improvement is the key to success for any program.”