Weakley County teams triumph in annual Ken-Tenn Jamboree

Weakley County teams triumph in annual Ken-Tenn Jamboree
Weakley County teams triumph in annual Ken-Tenn Jamboree | Gleason Bulldogs, Hunter Morse, Ken-Tenn Jamboree, Hickman Kentucky, Fulton County Pilots, Dresden Lions, Dale Hutcherson, Eric VanDyke, Greenfield Yellowjackets, Dalton Potts, Tyler Jones, Steven Sawyers,

Steering a new course — Gleason fullback Hunter Morse eludes a Fulton County Pilot and rambles for a big gain in the annual Ken-Tenn Jamboree Friday night in Hickman. Gleason managed a 6-0 victory over the Pilots. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The preseason came to a sweaty and swatty close for teams participating in the annual Ken-Tenn Jamboree Friday night at Fulton County High School in Hickman.
In sweltering conditions and with swarms of insects feasting on the fans, the Dresden Lions, Greenfield Yellowjackets and Gleason Bulldogs proved to be victorious over their Kentucky counterparts.
For Dresden and Greenfield, the jamboree sessions wrapped up the preseason and sent a message that their rivalry game on Friday night should be a high-scoring affair. Dresden used its pass attack to roll over South Fulton 20-6. Greenfield then trounced the defenseless Fulton City Bulldogs, 41-0.
For Gleason, the Ken-Tenn Jamboree was not the last of their preseason workouts. The Bulldogs from Tater Town won’t open their 2010 season officially until Week 1 on Aug. 27 when they host those same Fulton City Bulldogs.
Before the Bluegrass Bulldogs come to Gleason, the local Dawgs will partipate in one more jamboree. Gleason will compete against South Gibson County High School in the Second Annual Star Physical Therapy Football Jamboree to be held this Friday night in Lexington. Gleason and South Gibson are scheduled for the opening scrimmage session which is scheduled to begin at 6:30.
In the Ken-Tenn Jamboree, play was delayed by an hour due to severe temperatures. When play began, each session consisted of three 15-minute quarters in which the clock ran continuously. At the end of each quarter, teams were allowed eight-minute breaks for water and consultations with their coaches.
Dresden and South Fulton were the first to take the field. Starting at their own 30, the Lions found little resistance in the form of the Red Devils, who were playing without some key injured contributors. Two penalties on Dresden were more of an impedence than South Fulton’s defense. The Lions rolled ahead mixing quick passes with handoffs to the receivers in motion. Eric VanDyke capped the drive by pounding a defender, separating him from his helmet at the end of a six-yard catch and run play. The extra point try was off target by Gatlin Hatchel, leaving the lead at 6-0.
After the teams traded punts, VanDyke again dealt out punishment before scoring a touchdown, this one covering five yards. Hatchel nailed the PAT for a 13-0 advantage.
Lion QB Dale Hutcherson scored the final DHS touchdown on a 3-yard draw with Hatchel adding the PAT.
The Devils’ lone forward drive was their last one. The touchdown came on a botched play when a fumble was scooped up and hauled in for a score.
Greenfield fans hope Friday night was just a taste of what’s to come. The Jackets, coming off a 1-9 season in which they averaged 7 points per game, posted 41 points against Fulton City.
Greenfield scored on the ground, through the air and with a defensive gem by safety Tyler Jones. Steven Sawyers caught a five-yard swing pass from QB Dalton Potts for the first score. Kadeem McDonald raced 12 yards for a TD, before Jones anticipated a pass, stepped in front of the receiver, tipped the pass to himself and raced to paydirt. Sawyers then caught an 11-yarder near the end of the second session. Zach Grebe hit all four PAT tries for a 28-0 lead.
Jacket head coach Jason Rodehaver sent in his subs for the third session against Fulton City’s starters. The results were the same — more points. Austin Pence scored on a 9-yard keeper, and Blake Miller raced 30 yards as the Jackets won, 41-0.
Gleason looked rusty and lacked intensity in its outing. The Bulldogs fumbled away two drives and failed to score on another drive with three plays inside the Pilot five.
Gleason finally broke the ice on a 13-yard run by David Spellings.

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