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Fans learn about football season at a jamboree at Northeast High School

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – We are officially one week away from the 2022 high school football season, which begins Friday night.

Last night’s events gave high school football fans a taste of what their team is bringing to the table this season. Montgomery County hosted two jamborees. Three scrimmages took place at Northeast High, while three additional scrimmages took place at Clarksville High.

For fans who attended the jamboree at the Northeast, the night was dominated by defense. Teams that played each other included Rossview vs. Northwest, Montgomery Central vs. Fort Campbell, and Northeast vs. Fort Campbell.

The night ended with Northwest and Montgomery Central picking up clutch wins over their opponents. Meanwhile, Northeast made a statement in their win to end the night.

Rossview vs. North West

Throughout the first game, it was a defensive battle. Rossview High had the early advantage due to Northwest’s inability to deal with the football. On their first offensive possession of the game, a bad snap led to a turnover for the Vikings inside their own territory.

However, Northwest’s defense stepped in. The Hawks failed to find the end zone on their first red zone opportunity. Rossview settled in and fired a basket to make it a 3-0 game.

The score remained 3-0 for the majority of the scrum. Each defense showed how dominant they could be during the two quarters of play.

One of the biggest takeaways is that Northwest lost the turnover battle 3-0. They continued to hold Rossview’s offense to just 3 points into the evening. It’s important to consider the Hawks’ two missed field goals and turnover on downs, but the Vikings’ red zone defense speaks volumes.

In Rossview’s case, they kept Northwest at minimal offensive production until Northwest’s last possession. Before that Viking drive, they had a forced fumble and two interceptions. Their ability to disrupt passing lanes was key to their performance.

The game ended with a 55-yard completion from Raymond Rodarte on 2nd and 10th. Rodarte followed up the long pass with pinpoint completion on a flat course to put the team inside the 10-yard line.

Eventually, Northwest sent the ball for a touchdown. The Vikings defense held off Rossview’s attack to secure the 7-3 victory.

Montgomery Central vs. Fort Campbell

Montgomery Central vs. Fort Campbell took place in the last minute of play. Similar to the previous game, the Indians also secured excellent field position on their first offensive possession of the game.

After a failed punt from Fort Campbell, Montgomery Central pounced on the ball inside their opponent’s 10-yard line. The Indians took advantage of the Falcons’ error by scoring the game’s first touchdown.

Fort Campbell responded immediately. Falcons starting quarterback Darin Fredrick found an open running lane in midfield for a 40-yard gain. The attack couldn’t put anything together after the big play and ended up turning the ball over in tries.

Each team found ways to make plays, but they weren’t able to consistently move the ball upfield until Fort Campbell found their rhythm on the offensive end. In the second quarter, the Falcons found themselves on the 50-yard line.

After constantly rushing the ball, Fort Campbell pushed into the end zone for a chance to tie the game. Nevertheless, the extra point attempt was not good.

The next game after the missed extra point, Montgomery Central missed a pass which Fort Campbell captured. The Falcons’ ability to move the ball on the ground continued in the next practice which led to a 1st and a scoring chance. Eventually, Fredrick backed into the pocket and kicked a goal-line fade that was completed for the touchdown. Fort Campbell took a 13-7 lead with the score and scored an extra point.

The Indians wasted no time on the next drive as they look to make their comeback. The team completed a 31-yard pass to kick off possession. Three more completions took Montgomery Central into the red zone. Running back Andrew White capped the drive with a game-tying touchdown. The Indians then broke the tie with an extra point and won by a score of 14-13.

Northeast vs. Fort Campbell

The night ended with the Northeast Eagles taking on the Fort Campbell Falcons. It was the only game that didn’t go to the wire. In reality, the scrum was decided after a quarter of play. This is due to the Eagles’ ability to execute every phase of the game.

Northeast’s defense prepared their offense for success throughout the contest. The Eagles closed passing lanes all over the field and swarmed running backs whenever the Falcons attempted to rush the ball. This led to Northeast having a strong position on the court every time their offensive team entered the court. The home team’s defense finished with two interceptions, a forced turnover on tries and a host of three strikeouts.

The Eagle’s offensive production has been built around quarterback Jaiden Puig’s ability to lead the offense and the skills of each of their players in the skill position.

The Northeast running back showed his breakaway speed throughout the night, and their wide receivers consistently found ways to create coverage separation. In total, the Eagles have had at least four plays where they gained 40 yards or more. This includes three consecutive +40 yard touchdowns in the air or on the ground.

In the end, Northeast defeated Fort Campbell 44-0 to close out the night.