Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 12, 2012

Gridiron teams match up evenly in Twin Valley Jamboree

KEEN MOUNTAIN, Va. — All six teams had their share of positives and negatives in an evenly-played Twin Valley Jamboree Saturday.

Every squad played a pair of two-quarter, controlled scrimmages in which the teams took turns running 10-play possessions. Only Rye Cove lost both contests.

Host Twin Valley got by Rye Cove, 12-6, in the opening scrimmage and lost 6-0 to Narrows in the nightcap of the eight-hour event.

Narrows and Hurley played to a 12-12 tie, while the Rebels also tied Northwood, 6-6.

Grundy also tied Northwood by an indentical 6-6 count after thrasing Rye Cove, 30-6.

Twin Valley got identical 75-yard touchdown runs from Jacob Kowalski and Shannon Adams in the first scrimmage. Panthers coach Tommy Crigger was pleased, with the way the event went and the way his team played, especially on defense.

“It was our second annual Jamboree and we were happy to have Narrows, Northwood, Grundy, Hurley and Rye Cove come over," Crigger said. "And I'm so happy with how we played. We've got 22 kids and we've got 22 fighters. We gave up two touchdowns all day.”

Chandler Burton caught two TD passes, an 80-yarder from Joe Hall against Hurley and a 3-yarder from Rodney Perdue against Twin Valley. Perdue added a 75-yard scoring run against Hurley.

“We had some blocking assignments we missed and we got a little tired at the end, but for the most part we had a good effort,” Narrows coach Kelly Lowe said. “It was a good thing to build on for a first scrimmage.”

Traquan Oliver ran 77 yards for a touchdown and Nick Travis added an 80-yard TD run in Grundy's opener against a small Rye Cove team. Oliver and Daniel Ellis both caught TD passes from Dylan Billiter, who also ran three yards for a score.

Travis scored from five yards out against Northwood.

Like every coach at the event Grundy coach Jeremy Ward saw good and bad, typical of a first scrimmage.

“I'm pleased with our effort,” Ward said. “I'm pleased with some of the things we did on offense and I'm pleased with some of the things we did on defense, but we've got some things we've got to work on.”

In a game with a 60-minute running clock Greg Stacy hauled in a 10-yard TD pass from Nick Gibson on the final play of Hurley's 12-12 tie with Narrows.

Ralph Jones scored on a 40-yard fumble return and also had a 15-yard touchdown run in the Northwood scrimmage.

“Everybody's got work to do," said Hurley coach Greg Tester. “We just have to go back to work on Monday and fix the things we need to and work on some other things.”

Hurley plays again Saturday in a Jamboree in Norton. Narrows will take on Northwood and Twin Valley visits Twin Springs on Friday. Grundy travels to Virginia High Thursday, where they'll face Gate City and Union.

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