Friendship falls 7-0 in jamboree

Friendship Christian was bitten by a knee injury to receiver Alex Cook in the opening minutes of a 12-minute 7-0 loss to Westmoreland at Pirtle Field on Friday.
Aug 16, 2013
Friendship Christian linebacker Justin Truszkowski tackles Westmoreland's Darrin Akins [4] for a 2-yard loss to the Commanders' 12-yard line.

 

 

A top priority for jamborees is get through it with nobody getting hurt.

But Friendship Christian was bitten by a knee injury to receiver Alex Cook in the opening minutes of a 12-minute 7-0 loss to Westmoreland at Pirtle Field on Friday.

Cook reinjured a kneecap which was dislocated while playing soccer last spring while going for an A.J. Long pass on the game's third play. Coach John McNeal said he would undergo an MRI.

In addition, Friendship was already without running back Steven Hollis and tight end Gene Carmen, limiting McNeal's play-calling options.

"We've had a virus going around," McNeal said of the absences of Hollis and Carmen. "We don't have any depth."

With Hollis out, Austin Taylor got eight carries for 43 yards while Long bootlegged once for 15. Long also hit just one of his four passes for 18 yards to Will Burrus on the game's final play.

Burrus also intercepted a Justus Graves pass, but wasn't in the area when Graves found Lucas Ward in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:23 left. Graves set up the play when he scrambled 50 yards to the Friendship 10-yard line.

"Honestly, I don't put a lot on this," said McNeal, whose two-time state-champion Commanders will open their season for real at 7:30 p.m. next Friday when Harding Academy travels from Memphis to visit Pirtle Field. "I put a lot more on still learning. This was a dress rehearsal.

"We tried to get in and get out and not have any injuries. But we had one."

Jamboree action will continue tonight.

Watertown will welcome DeKalb County to Robinson Stadium for an 8 p.m. varsity jamboree.

The junior-varsity teams will meet at 7 after Watertown's elementary squad faces Carroll-Oakland at 6.

At Hartsville, the 25th annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree will see Wilson Central and Mt. Juliet in action.

Mt. Juliet's junior varsity will take on Bowling Green's [Ky.] Greenwood at 6 p.m., followed by the varsities at 6:30.

Wilson Central's JV will follow against Beech at 7:30 before the Wildcat varsity faces Macon County at 8.

 

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