Franklinton high school hosts jamboree to prepare for new season
by Jonathan McNamara
FRANKLINTON — The Franklinton Red Rams hosted a jamboree Saturday which included six traditionally strong football teams.
Northern Nash High, North Pitt High, Burlington Cummings High, Princeton High and East Wake High converged on Franklinton High’s football field for the first real test of the season.
“First possession we looked pretty good, but we are out of shape,” said Franklinton coach Jeremy Buck about his team’s performance.
N.C. High School Athletic Association regulates how soon teams can start summer practice, this was the first action for the Red Rams other than traditional practice which began Aug. 1.
The field was divided in half to allow four teams to play simultaneously.
The teams went head-to-head in full-contact scrimmages that tested skill level in offense and defense.
The Red Rams Aug. 16 scrimmage against East Chapel High is fast approaching.
With events like the jamboree where talent can shine, weaknesses are also more visible than during the average practice.
The setting is fast-paced and designed to mimic real game scenarios.
“We have some new faces in here, this is a day where they can show if they can play or not,” said Buck.
Franklinton plays in the Northern Carolina Conference and went 9-3-0 last season.
The Red Rams will kick off their season at home against Goldsboro High Aug. 23 7:30 p.m.
For more information, see fcschools.net/fhs/athletics.