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August 23, 2013

Offenses shine at Carl Junction jamboree

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Coaches and fans got a glimpse of what to expect from their teams Friday night when Carthage, Monett and Nevada squared off in a jamboree with Carl Junction at Bulldog Stadium.

Carthage immediately gave its fans what they came to see when, on the first play of the night against Nevada, quarterback Gabe Franklin connected with wide receiver E.J. Morgan over the middle for about a 20-yard gain.

Franklin showed his mobility when he scrambled to the 4 on the third play of the series. Two plays later, he threw a short touchdown pass to Morgan.

“He made three really good catches,” said Carthage head coach Jon Guidie. “He gives you a chance every time. We threw to five different receivers and played everybody.

“I can’t complain about jamborees. The kids played hard and competed,” he said. “We had a lot of mistakes. We didn’t turn the ball over, which was good, but we had a lot of penalties we need to clean up.”

Nevada scored twice against Carthage, including a long touchdown run by fullback Chance Mays.

Meanwhile, on the north end of the field, Monett scored a quick touchdown when quarterback Zack Hammond lofted a pass to Jorge Meza, who got behind a Carl Junction defender in the end zone.

Carl Junction came out with four wide receivers and responded when a long pass from quarterback Dustin Satterlee to Andrew Reed set up a two-yard touchdown run by junior running back Keynan Scheurich.

Carl Junction retained possession for the 12-play series and scored again when Satterlee ran an option play to his left, then cut across the field and outran Monett’s secondary into the end zone.

“We made some young mistakes, but they’re going to get better,” said head coach Doug Buckmaster. “They have gotten better. I’m proud of our kids. They’ve worked hard.”

Carl Junction then lined up against Nevada, and a long pass from Tigers quarterback Alex Payne set up a short touchdown run on the next play. On offense, Carl Junction scored twice, first on a screen pass to Scheurich, then on a keeper by quarterback Chase Johnston.

“The kids got that instant ‘Oh my gosh’ out of their system,” said Nevada head coach Erik Yoakam. “I saw some good things out of our starting group and some of our backups. We’ll see it on film and go back to work Monday.”

Against Monett, Nevada’s option offense found some running room in the middle of the Cubs’ defense for a first down, then scored on sophomore quarterback Andrew Heathman’s 30-yard keeper.

“You don’t often see a true triple option. Nevada executed it beautifully,” said Monett head coach Chad DePee. “The defense, we gave up a play here and there, but the kids didn’t hang their heads, so that was good to see.

“A lot of kids touched the ball and did some good things,” he said. “Hopefully, we can be a balanced attack. Tonight, we’re one step closer.”

Carl Junction and Carthage both used nonstarters during their matchup. Neither team scored.

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