One of the toughest parts about being able to enjoy a preseason high school football jamboree is they often feature four teams on the field at once going in opposite directions on either side of the 50-yard-line.
That won’t be a problem at this year’s Cumberland County Schools Football Jamboree, which begins a two-day run Thursday at Seventy-First and Friday at Gray’s Creek High School. Scrimmages at both locations begin at 5 p.m.
In a major change from previous jamborees, only two teams will be on the field at the same time, meaning fans can focus their attention on a single scrimmage during each session.
The format will be complete with a chain crew marking advancement of the ball and determining when the offensive team gets a first down.
Action should be over both nights by 10 p.m. The cost of admission to each scrimmage is $10.
In the event either scrimmage is postponed due to inclement weather, there will be no makeup date as most teams have a scrimmage scheduled for Saturday and the following week marks the start of the football regular season for most teams in the area.
Here is the full schedule for the scrimmage.
Thursday at Seventy-First High School
5 p.m. - Westover vs. Union Pines.
6 p.m. - Overhills vs. Hoke County.
7 p.m. - E.E. Smith vs. Apex Friendship.
8 p.m. - Terry Sanford vs. Clinton
9 p.m. - Seventy-First vs. Pine Forest
Friday at Gray’s Creek High School
5 p.m. - St. Pauls vs. Triton
6 p.m. - Douglas Byrd vs. Lumberton
7 p.m. - South View vs. Richmond Senior
8 p.m. - Cape Fear vs. Scotland
9 p.m. - Gray’s Creek vs. Jack Britt.