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Jamboree expands to eight squads

Westwood, Spring Valley will join six holdovers from 2017 event at Zemp

Posted: July 24, 2018 11:51 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

NORTH CENTRAL WILL FACE A.C. Flora in the second game of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree at Zemp Stadium on Aug. 10.

The 43rd annual Camden Shrine Club Jamboree will expand to eight teams playing in three mini-games --- of two 12-minute quarters each --- at newly remodeled Zemp Stadium in Camden on Friday, Aug. 10.

The event will kick off with the first at 5 p.m. 

Tickets are $7 each and will be available at the gates the day of the event. Proceeds from the jamboree will benefit the many charitable endeavors of the Camden Shrine Club and its Women’s Auxiliary.

This year, Westwood and Spring Valley join last year’s jamboree regulars, A.C. Flora, Andrew Jackson, Buford, Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central.

Westwood will meet Buford in the opening contest followed by North Central vs. A.C. Flora. Game three will pit Lugoff-Elgin and Andrew Jackson while Camden and Spring Valley will round out the evening.

Westwood, which opens its season when the Redhawks host Lugoff-Elgin on Aug. 17, is coming off a 7-6 campaign in which Dustin Curtis led the team to the third round of the 4A state playoffs in which the Redhawks lost to Eastside. Westwood also features one of the state’s top players in cornerback Cam Smith.

Spring Valley, which will be part of Region 4-5A along with Lugoff-Elgin, went 11-2 last fall and lost to Fort Dorchester in the third round of the 5A state playoffs. Coach Robin Bacon’s Vikings return Kentucky commit Jalen Geiger in the defensive secondary along with Wofford pledges Anthony Wilson and Akele Pauling.

A.C. Flora is looking to rebound after an 0-10 season under then-first-year head coach Collin Drafts. The Falcons feature the strong arm of 6-0, 200-pound senior quarterback Josh Heatley.

Andrew Jackson, which is a member of Region 4-AA along with Buford and North Central, posted a 3-7 record in 2017 under then-interim head coach Todd Shigley. The Volunteers return several key and talented skill position players to their roster.

Buford, a member of Region 4-AA, finished at 7-4 in 2017 under Tripp Watts. The Yellow Jackets lost to Whale Branch in the first round of the AA state playoffs.

Camden finished with a 3-8 record under first-year head coach Brian Rimpf in 2017, losing to Palmetto in the first round of the AAA Upper State playoffs. The Bulldogs will be buoyed this season by 30 seniors.

Lugoff-Elgin enjoyed its best season in eight years in 2017 as Matt Campbell led the Demons to a 7-5 record and into the second round of the 4A state playoffs in Berkeley. The Demons, who has been bumped into class 4-5A this season, will feature a rebuild offensive line which lost three college signees to graduation last spring.

North Central posted a 2-8 record in head coach Tyronne Drakeford’s first season back at his alma mater. The Knights return some of their leading skill players from a year ago but must find a replacement for graduated quarterback and Western Carolina signee Bubba Williamson.

Here is the schedule for the 43rd annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree:

5 p.m.: Westwood vs. Buford

6:15 p.m.: North Central vs. A.C. Flora

7:30 p.m.: Lugoff-Elgin vs. Andrew Jackson

8:45 p.m.: Camden vs. Spring Valley

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