Lions Jamboree shortened due to weather
The 26th Annual Fayetteville Lions Club Jamboree got underway as scheduled with typical summer time temperatures and humidity. But with those conditions also came late in the day pop up thunderstorms.
Organizers were about to get the fifth of the scheduled six halves of football underway, but prior to kick off, mother natures lightning forced officials to take Flintville and South Giles off the field. As the weather conditions continued to deteriorate, the call was made to cancel remaining two games just minutes before heavy rains began.
“We really thought we were going to get everyone's game in,” said Lion organizer, Gary Wright. “But this time of year these thunderstorms can pop up right on top of you and sometimes they don't move much – that was the situation night. In the interest of safety, not to mention the heavy rain, calling the remaining games was the right thing to do. I think most everyone got to their car dry.”
“Again we had great support of Lincoln County and the surrounding areas and we appreciate it,” he said. “We're able to have all of our local teams match up with teams from other counties and fans came out to cheer on their programs. We especially want to thank North Middle School out of Franklin Co. for coming in to participate with such short notice. We know it's hard for these coaches to put a team on the field before school starts.”
“Lincoln County High School's athletic director Jeff Bell, Coach Tim Johnson and his staff were again great to work with throughout the planning stage and had everything ready to go Saturday night. There is no better place than Meadows – Thompson Stadium to hold and event like this. We appreciate everything they've done for us through the years.”
Game 1 – The Blanche Bulldogs went down in a battle to Moore Co. 8-0. In the final minute of the game the Dog's threatened but coughed up the ball on the Raider one-yard-line.
Game 2 – The Lions from Unity pulled of the upset of the night defeating Cornersville, 8-7 with a game winning safety.
Game 3 – It was South Lincoln's Eagles who finished on top of Huntland, 16-8 in a ground game battle. All scores came in the first quarter.
Game 4 – Highland Rim's Hornets went down in a high scoring shootout to North Middle School. 18-16.
Games 5 and 6 – Flintville vs. South Giles and LCHS freshmen vs. Tullahoma freshmen were canceled.