17Vernon Aldridge2The BSN Sports Cumberland County Schools Football Jamboree is back for 2018 with a title sponsor and hopes of getting even bigger in the years to come.

The two-night event features 24 teams this year. It will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Pine Forest High School, which has hosted the jamboree before, and Thursday, Aug. 9, at a new host, Jack Britt High School. The full schedule of teams and scrimmages for this year’s jamboree is listed in the far-right column of this article.

Vernon Aldridge, student activities director for the county schools, is pleased with how the jamboree has grown in recent years, but he’s hoping for more improvements.

In addition to already feeding the teams and helping the visiting schools with their travel expenses, Aldridge hopes someday to offer scholarships to the competing teams to award to a player who exemplifies the best attributes of their school’s program. To make that happen, Aldridge said he’ll continue to work to add sponsors for the event.

Aldridge reminded spectators coming to the jamboree that they will not be watching a game. It’s a controlled scrimmage where each team runs a set number of offensive plays before switching sides. Another feature of the jamboree is there will be two scrimmages going on during each session with two teams on one side of the 50-yard-line and two on the other.

Spectators who don’t want to see the whole scrimmage but just want to watch their school need to arrive well in advance of their team’s scheduled scrimmage to avoid missing the action.

There will be no advance sale of tickets this year, so all tickets must be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $10 for each night of the scrimmage.


Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Pine Forest

6 p.m. - Farmville Central vs. Westover, Rolesville vs. Overhills

7 p.m. - Union Pines vs. E.E. Smith, Triton vs. Terry Sanford

8 p.m. - Scotland vs. Cape Fear, Lumberton vs. Pine Forest

Thursday, Aug. 9, at Jack Britt

6 p.m. - St. Pauls vs. Douglas Byrd, West Bladen vs. Gray’s Creek

7 p.m. - East Montgomery vs. Hoke County, Eastern Wayne vs. South View

8 p.m. - Lee County vs. Seventy-First, Apex Friendship vs. Jack Britt


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