Six teams to meet at Southern for jamboree

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 07:33 AM

Less than a week before opening night, six football teams will scrimmage today at Southern Vance High in the annual Pigskin Jamboree.

Three of the teams were in the playoffs a year ago, but none finished with a winning record.

The lineup is a mix of medium-sized schools, with Northern Vance the lone Class 3-A entrant and Northwest Halifax the only 1-A squad. Host Southern, Warren County and Hertford County each play in the 2-A ranks of North Carolina, and Bluestone plays in Virginia’s 2-A classification.

Today’s action begins at 8 a.m. and admission is $5.

Two scrimmages will run simultaneously on the field during a round robin segment of competition. A trophy will be awarded at the conclusion of the single-elimination goal line tournament.

A year ago, in extreme heat, Northern and Southern shared the crown in an abbreviated jamboree. Hertford won each of the two previous jamborees.

Three of the teams reached the state playoffs a year ago. Southern finished 5-7 and went to the second round, where it was defeated at Eastern Randolph. Hertford County finished 6-6 and lost in the second round at Jacksonville’s Northside High.

Northwest Halifax was 1-11 last year, losing at Lejeune in the first round of the playoffs.

Warren County was 5-6 a year ago.

Bluestone, located in Skipwith, Virginia, was 3-7 a year ago.

Northern was 0-10 last year.

The majority of teams in North Carolina open the season next Friday, Aug. 22. Northern will try to halt a 21-game skid, the state’s longest, when it hosts Ravenscroft and Southern travels to Elizabeth City Northeastern.

Warren County will not open the season until the following Friday at Northern.