BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
GREENEVILLE - The five Greene County football teams took to the field for the first time in 2013 Friday night as they competed in the Blue Ridge Athletic Conference jamboree at Burley Stadium.
The five schools - joined by Grainger, Claiborne and Cumberland Gap - gave fans a glimpse of what they will see this upcoming seaosn as they each got to play in one 12-minute scrimmage.
Here is a recap of the action.
Greeneville 14, Claiborne 0
Greeneville head coach Caine Ballard was pleased with the way his team started and finished its quarter of action against Claiborne.
Still, he feels his team needs to clean up some of the things he saw during the middle of the preseason warm up.
"There isn't much you can get out of this," Ballard said. "It's nice for the fans, but I'll know a lot more next Thursday night (in a scrimmage against Science Hill)."
Greeneville won the quarter 14-0 over the Bulldogs.
On the Greene Devils' first offensive play of the night, Zack Finchum let fly a deep through out of a five-wide formation and connected with Trevor Wright for a 59-yard touchdown pass.
"We wanted to take a shot downfield and they were in man coverage, which was exactly what we wanted, knowing they're going to have trouble manning up Trevor," Ballard said. "Zack put it on the money."
After that, the Greeneville defense allowed some yards to Claiborne and the offense sputtered somewhat.
But in the final four minutes, Greeneville found its stride again.
"We sputtered a little on our second drive and we want to score on every possession, but we found our rhythm again on the last possession," Ballard noted.
The Devils drove 67 yards in 4:06 to punch in their final score with 2.1 seconds remaining.
They mixed the run and pass to move down field on the 12-play drive. D.J. Haney converted a third and long with an 18 yard burst up the middle and Quan Willson took a screen pass 17 yards to move Greeneville into in the red zone.
Finchum converted a fourth and nine from the 12 to set up the final score and capped the four-minute drill with a quarterback sneak from the one-yard-line.
CHUCKEY-DOAK 7, GRAINGER 0
Chuckey-Doak was able move the ball on Grainger and the Black Knights' defensive front four disrupted the Grizzlies' attack most of the evening, but some missed opportunities left coach Ben Murphy wanting more.
"We came out and did pretty well both offensively and defensively," Murphy explained. "We moved the ball on offense but we didn't execute as well as I would like. We put the ball on the ground near the end zone and we can't win football games doing things like that."
Tyler Coe showed both speed and power from his fullback spot, picking up the longest rush of the first quarter on a 20-yard toss sweep.
He would later finish the drive by taking another toss and turning up the right corner for a five-yard score.
On the Black Knights' first offensive possession, they moved the ball downfield on the Grizzlies with most of their yardage coming when quarterback Brent Knight booted left and found Nick Sandstrom on a post route that picked up 41 yards.
A fumble two plays later cost the Black Knights a scoring opportunity.
The Black Knights' defense was disruptive in the backfield throughout their quarter. On back-to-back plays, Josh Lamb tackled a Grizzly runner for an eight-yard loss and then Hayden Reynolds sacked quarterback Lance Morton to force a fourth and 28.
On their next defensive series, the Black Knights held strong and forced a three and out.
"I was really pleased with our defensive front. We have three seniors up there and they got in there and were very effective against a big Grainger team," Murphy said.
CUMBERLAND GAP 15, WEST GREENE 7
In the Jamboree's third period, Cumberland Gap's offense moved down the field like a well-oiled machine while West Greene struggled to get going.
WGHS head coach Joe Case said his team had to come together in a hurry before next week's season opener at Morristown East.
"We have the ability to do some things, but all the guys have to get on the same page and gel together as a football team," Case said. "We didn't play very well tonight. We made a play or two at the end, and I'm proud of that fact, but we have to continue to get better."
The Buffs picked up 18 yards on their first two plays and looked to have their hurry-up offense down pat. On the next three plays, though they lost 12 yards and were forced to punt.
That series reflected much of West Greene's brief evening.
Cumberland Gap worked its way down a short field to score first on a four-play, 36-yard series.
The Panthers next went 52 yards, using a quarterback sneak at the goal line and a two-point conversion to go up 15-0.
Johnathan Padgett gave the Buffs a chance late in the game when he hauled in an interception and brought it back to the Cumberland Gap 25-yard-line.
Nathan Morgan picked up half of the yardage on a 13-yard rush off left tackle.
Logan Cobb finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown run on fourth down.
SOUTH GREENE 14, NORTH GREENE 0
Quarterback Hunter Waddell showcased his athleticism for South Greene as he picked up two scores with his legs and led South Greene to a 14-0 win over North Greene in the fourth quarter.
"We know it's just a dress rehearsal but after a 1-9 season it felt pretty good to get out here tonight," South Greene coach Shawn Jones said.
Waddell struck first on a read option in which he faked a handoff to Preston Shuffler and took the ball up the left side for a 36-yard touchdown.
"Hunter Waddell did some good things and if he keeps improving and the line keeps improving we expect some special things out of him," Jones said. "Hunter is real athletic and we'll get him out there and let him use his legs let him become another runner for us. We feel like we have some good skill guys and he adds to that."
On the same drive, Waddell also had rushes of 13 and 15 yards.
North Greene had their opportunities but could not finish drives.
On the Huskies' first offensive possession they picked up two quick first downs, but a fumble quickly sent them backwards and forced an eventual turnover on downs.
"We were very close in a couple of areas," North Greene head coach Scotty Verran said. "We almost had an interception, we almost had this we, almost had that. We were close to breaking some thing but we have to polish some stuff up before next week and we'll be alright."
"We have to close that gap and we feel like we're real close. We have some kids doing some new things and we're getting better every day."
The Rebels used their ground attack once again to move the ball downfield on their second possession before Waddell tiptoed the home sideline for a 14-yard score.
Waddell gained a total of 86 yards on five rushes.