Ben’s Ford holding 6-team jamboree

Published 8:47 am Friday, August 12, 2016

The 2016 football season unofficially kicks off this week for two local schools in the Ben’s Ford Christian School fourth annual jamboree.

Six teams, including two parish schools, are competing in the event.

Things get underway at 6 p.m. when Central Private School takes on Prentiss Christian School.

They are followed by Bowling Green against CHEF, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last week, the Buccaneers competed in a four-team scrimmage at Silliman Institute against Silliman and Wilkinson County Christian Academy in a pair of 20-minute games.

Bowling Green won the first by two touchdowns and lost the second by the same margin.

“It’s a little more game situation where the coaches are on the sideline and we’ll have officials,” Bowling Green coach David Currier said. “We won’t have kickoffs and punts are not live, but everything else is game situation.

“We’re playing a half of a game. We’re playing two quarters. I’m worried about our conditioning still, but it shouldn’t be a major factor since we’re only playing a half of a game.”

Currier said that the offensive line played well last week. He said middle linebacker Demarcus Fland needs to get in better shape, but added that he does a good job of reacting to the football.

Currier said that his quarterback, sophomore Cameron Bell, is young and that he ran the ball well last week. Currier said that Bell needs to get better in the passing game, but will continue to improve every week.

Currier said that Logan Leger, who also plays wingback, will start at free safety this week. Currier said that Leger is very athletic. He had a pick-six last week and Currier said that Leger does a good job of coming up and making tackles.

“That’s what we want out of our free safety — somebody that’s all over the field,” Currier said.

The other touchdown came on an 8-yard run by Tyler Cunningham.

The night wraps up with Ben’s Ford Christian School facing New Orleans Home School.

The Eagles traveled to Prentiss Christian School last week and competed in a controlled scrimmage.

Eagles coach Robert N. Cook talked about what he is looking for in the jamboree.

“Just trying to make sure we’re all on the same page, that we’re all where we need to be, that we know our assignments and making we have players in the right places,” Cook said.

Cook said Wednesday that he’s seen a lot of improvement in the offense since last week.

“We had a great practice Monday and Tuesday,” Cook said.

Cook also said the seniors are doing a really good job of stepping up as leaders and said he’s really proud to see that.

“I kind of let the seniors manage the team,” Cook said. “I put that responsibility on them. They make sure the locker room is clean. They make sure the kids are on the field for practice. Our seniors begin our agility portion of practice without us even telling them.”

In last week’s scrimmage, Justin Stewart intercepted a pass while Andrew Smith, Tyler Winstead, Cameron Miller and C.J. McClelland all had a sack.

Offensively, Robert Gaitan caught a 50-yard touchdown from Miller.

Each game features a pair of 12-minute quarters. Punts will not be rushed and every punt return will be considered a fair catch or where the ball is blown dead.

There will be no kickoffs, as the ball will be spotted on the 30-yard line for the ensuing drive following a score.