A jamboree tune-up against a tough opponent may have been exactly what the Jellico High School football team needed going into tomorrow (Fri.) night’s season opener at arch rival Williamsburg, Ky.
The Blue Devils lost 21-7 to Cumberland Gap in a very competitive jamboree scrimmage Friday night.
“We made a lot of mistakes early in the scrimmage, but our effort was great,” said Jellico coach Danny Oakes.
The Blue Devils scored their touchdown on an 18-yard pass play from junior quarterback Tyler Brummett to senior wideout Michael Douglas.
Cumberland Gap took a 14-0 lead and was driving for a third score when Jellico senior linebacker Ryan Morris intercepted a pass. The Blue Devils drove downfield and scored to pull within, 14-7.
Morris also broke free for a 60-yard touchdown on a screen pass, but the play was nullified by a clipping penalty. A fumble on fourth-and-goal at the Panthers’ 3-yard line cost Jellico another touchdown.
“We made some strides, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” said Oakes.
Tomorrow night, the Blue Devils will face another formidable opponent in Williamsburg, which features a prolific passing attack.
Ryan Moses, a 6-foot-3, 180 lb. pro-style quarterback with a 4.0 GPA and an ACT score of 30, is the triggerman in the Yellowjackets’ offense. Moses has accumulated 6,066 yards and 70 touchdowns passing and rushed for 13 more TDs the past two seasons.
“It’s a big rivalry game,” said Oakes.
“They have a great quarterback. He was one of the leading passers in the state of Kentucky last year. He’s the real deal. But I think we’ve got a shot at them.”