August 23, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
The Football Jamboree is a great way to present a football preseason prep scrimmage.
Such was the case Thursday night at Martins Ferry, where the Purple Riders hosted Shadyside in front of several hundred fans.
What is nice about this format is that the total program is displayed. That being the junior high and freshman squads also get to play prior to the varsity scrimmage, climaxed by the reserves locking horns.
Moreover, the high school bands and cheerleaders have the forum to show off their abilities.
It was totally encompassing. Total exposure. Moreover, each school, after paying the state $500 for the rights to hold such a game as well as other expenses, was able to make a few bucks.
The game was a spirited dress-rehearsal to wet the appetites of football-hungry fans. It is a scenario which I see becoming commonplace next year.