The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

August 18, 2012

Jamborees provide opportunity to evaluate

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The reoccurring theme circulating the field at Bulldog Stadium on Friday night was evaluation.

For some teams, it was a spot or two on the offensive side, for others starting jobs were up for grabs on both sides of the ball including skill positions, Yet for others, it was an opportunity to gauge depth at each position.

Regardless, coaching staffs from Carl Junction, Carthage, Monett and Nevada will all be conducting lengthy film sessions over the weekend.

Friday’s annual MSHSAA jamboree scrimmage allowed the two Big 8 schools, the independent Nevada Tigers and the Central Ozark Conference threat Carthage Tigers to run 36 offensive and defensive snaps in a game situation.

“To me, the only positive thing about the jamboree is that you can look at film and evaluate them that way,’’ said Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, starting his eighth season with the Tigers.

“We had a spot (up for grabs) on the offensive line and quarterback. Coming in, we wanted to look more at our defense. We had questions on the line and linebacker, and we got exposed in one of our scrimmages.”

Beside evaluations, coaching staffs for all four teams maintained another theme — playing their cards close to the vest, None wanted to tip a hand about specific players, positions or who performed better than whom.

“There were a lot of kids wanting to get on the field,” said Monett head coach Chad Depee as he starts his third season with the Cubs. “We (have) several positions up, some skill positions, and some young positions. We’re thin in areas, some sophomores got their feet wet and we played a lot of kids tonight.

“We got our seniors, who have been playing for us a long time, and we expect them to be a year better. That’s only two guys and we have 11 guys we need on the field. Our goal all camp has been to get as many guys prepared as possible.’’

The vague generalizations didn’t end at the discussion for position battles either as staffs kept the play calling on the basic side.

“We ran 36 plays, but I think we showed four running plays and four passing plays,” said Carl Junction’s Jesse Wall, starting his third season as Bulldog head coach.

“I saw three things I liked tonight. First, that’s the best we looked in a jamboree in a long, long time. Second, our kids, as a team, played hard. There are times where you have a player or two who will take a play or two off. Tonight I saw everyone on the field play hard. Third, we played physical. We had some arm tackling, but by and large, I thought we were wrapping up and being physical.”

Second year Nevada head coach Wes Beachler was keeping a close eye on overall performance as the Tigers ran their wing-T offense.

“Some of the position battles are set and the kids knew that coming in, but I was looking at execution,” Beachler said. “We changed some assignments, we changed some schemes and I thought we handled it well.

“I thought we opened some nice running lanes against some good defenses and we wanted to move the ball on those defenses.

“We wanted to see that we are doing the right things within our blocking assignments. Technique is a big part of it. Film will allow us to evaluate, go back and shore it up.”

Added Wall: “We are in constant competition to find the best people who will give us the best opportunity to win on Friday nights. We want the kids to know every week is a competition for a starting spot.”

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