DUANE SHERRILL – Contributor
South Pittsburg and Marion County didn’t allow a point as they shutout their competition during their appearances Friday night in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Jamboree held in Chattanooga – the site of this year’s state championship games which both are hoping to be part of when December rolls around.
Marion began the strong showing by crushing CCS 21-0 as their opponent’s gave up three long runs from scrimmage. The Jamboree allowed teams to play two, 10-minute quarters with the clock running meaning the matchups were about 30 minutes total. While owning CCS on offense, they also shut them down defensively, giving up a single first down.
Marion would go on to shutout Silverdale in the second of their jamboree games held 30 minutes later.
South Pittsburg followed suit after Marion County’s blasting of CCS, shutting out Ooltewah 21-0, letting the Owls know “who” the Pirates are. South Pittsburg barely had to put the offense on the field during the two 10-minute sessions as they scored two of their touchdowns on defense with a pick six and a scoop and score.
The Pirates went on to shutout Silverdale 14-0 in the nightcap.
While the Pirates and Warriors were getting it done in Chattanooga, Whitwell was competing at the Sequatchie Valley Jamboree just down in the road in Dunlap. Whitwell got a split out of their trip, beating Howard 7-0 while falling to Sequatchie County 3-0. Neighboring Grundy also split, beating Howard 7-0 while losing to Rhea County 8-0.