The Three Rivers Conference held their annual jamboree at Sullivan South on Friday night. Unlike the Carter County jamboree, a few key players were absent from the lineup, including Elizabethton’s Ethan Thomas and Happy Valley’s Phillip Garland.
Quarter 1: Sullivan North 7, Happy Valley 7
The opening quarter saw the Warriors run to a 7-7 tie with the Raiders. With Garland sitting out, the Warriors saw Jose Burgos score to even the game at 7-7 after the Raiders scored on the ground on their opening possession.
Quarter 2: Johnson County 14, Sullivan East 0
The Longhorns scored early and recorded an interception to jump out early on the Patriots and never looked back.
Quarter 3: Elizabethton 14, Sullivan South 14
After trailing by two scores, the Cyclones battled back when Caleb Jones broke free for a 42-yard touchdown run, and then Alonzoe Madison scored from seven yard out to even the game. Standout Ethan Thomas did not participate in the quarter of play for Elizabethton.
Quarter 4: Unicoi County 14, Sullivan South 7
The Blue Devils saw Cody Rogers hit Davis Webb to propel Unicoi to a 14-7 win.
“It’s a tough team to play but it is a good experience for us. That is what we are going to see next week so obviously we couldn’t ask for a better match-up today than playing South.”
-Elizabethton Head Coach Shawn Witten on the experience his team received
“Where he hasn’t been with us, we’ve tried to bring some other guys along. There’s no doubt we’ve got to have him in order to achieve what we want to achieve.”
-Witten on younger guys getting playing time while Thomas recovers from an ACL scope.
“I am not a fan of it, but it is what it is. I’d rather stay at home and practice.”
-Happy Valley Coach Larry Shively on the jamboree.
“We’ve got a couple kids who can run the ball. I told them all we needed to do was turn some heads and make the crowd go, ‘Wow.’ And I think we did that.”
-Unicoi Head Coach Robert McElwee