TARKIO, Mo. — With High School football right around the corner, Tarkio, Missouri, hosted a jamboree Friday to allow area 8-Man high school football teams get some reps before the games begin to count next week.
Three teams took part in the Jamboree in East Atchison, North-West Nodaway and Bishop LeBlond. East Atchison came out victorious as they scored 52 points, with LeBlond scoring 42 and Nodaway scoring 22.
The jamboree was set up for each offense to get 12 plays while starting at their own 30-yard-line in the first and third quarter. Then in the second and fourth quarter, each offense would get six plays and start on the opposing teams 15-yard line.
Senior quarterback Jake McEnaney led the way for East Atchison as they were able to score touchdowns on their first two plays of the Jamboree. The game would get close late as East Atchsion trailed 10 points to LeBlond with only six plays left.
McEaney wasted no time as he threw touchdowns on back-to-back plays, one against LeBlond and one against Nodaway, to secure the win and get the season of to a good start.
“We had to win,” McEaney said. “It’s opening Jamboree and we can’t come out with a loss with our home crowd here.”
While excited about the win, McEaney was quick to recognize that while it nice to go up against a defense other than their own, there’s still work to be done.
“Practices have been long, so it felt good to finally play somebody else,” McEaney said. “We have places to improve on both sides of the ball. We’ll get back to practice this week to get that all straightened out.”
LeBlond came out slow as it were held scoreless in the first half but came back with a strong second half, scoring 42 points. While they were unable to get the win, Head coach Eric Fairchild was pleased about his team’s effort.
“It was a good experience,” Fairchild said. “The first half was a little rough at times, but they know and understand that 8-man football is a game you’re never out of. You can never be up by too many or down by too many. If you keep working and keep battling you can always get back into games.”
Fairchild was also pleased by the efforts of his freshman quarterback Landon Gardner. Gardner threw two touchdowns and also caught two in his unofficial high school football debut. Fairchild believes the young man will be great for his program.
He’s a great athlete,” Fairchild said. He’s doing a good job of commanding the offense and telling people where they need to be. It’s really exciting to see him grow and mature already.”