By Todd Lamberth:
Jamborees serve as one final tune-up for teams before the real thing starts, but Williamson County decided to have their jamboree serve the teams off the field too.
Williamson County held their inaugural countywide jamboree on Friday night at Nolensville High School.
The idea came as a way for Williamson County teams to bring their communities together for one night before the season begins in a way that is beneficial for all schools.
“We met with all the coaches in a post-season meeting and we were just throwing future ideas out and (Nolensville head coach Will Hester) said ‘Instead of us throwing money out and going to other counties, let’s throw our resources together and have this event.’ We all thought it was a great idea.” Williamson County athletic director Jeremy Qualls said.
All ticket sales to the event went to the nine Williamson County schools. Fans could designate which school they would like their money to go to at pre-sale and the money raised by sales on site was split between the nine schools.
“We want to make it a huge community event,” Qualls said. “It’s a fundraiser. Make it a fun, family event and make it as big as possible.“
On the field, fans saw all nine Williamson County teams in action, with the inclusion of Blackman. Each “game” consisted of two, twelve minute quarters.
Nolensville opened the event on their home turf, where they played to a 14-14 tie with Centennial.
Ravenwood followed that game with a 16-7 win over Summit behind the leg of senior kicker Sam French, who converted on three field goal attempts.
A matchup of two of 6A’s best teams followed that as Blackman took on Independence. The Eagles Nathan Cisco threw for two touchdowns, but the Blaze offense, powered by Ohio State commitment Master Teague, proved too much as Blackman won 28-14.
Franklin and Fairview followed that with a low-scoring affair, as Franklin quarterback Carter Hendry led the Rebels down the field for the only score of the game to give them the 7-0 win.
Brentwood and Page capped off the night, where Brentwood won 17-0 behind two scoring passes by Bruin senior quarterback Carson Shacklett.
A blind draw was held to determine the matchups, which allowed for some teams to see fresh opponents before the season starts.
“We kind of had fun with it,” Qualls said. “Franklin and Fairview, two of our older schools have never played before, so they’ll play tonight. Brentwood and Page hadn’t played in over 30 years. Nolensville obviously played their first WCS game tonight. We had a lot of fun with it.”
Despite success in their inaugural effort, Qualls thinks the WCS Jamboree is only going to continue to grow in years to come.
“We’re going to learn from it and try to make it bigger and better next year,” Qualls said. “Anything that we do of this magnitude it just takes a year or two to grow. It’s going to be big. I firmly believe that this will be the jamboree to go to in years coming.”