White House plays Jo Byrns at 7:15 at East Robertson…
By Chris Lynn of the Robertson County Times
CROSS PLAINS – In Robertson County, the Pep Rally on the Square in Springfield this Thursday gets everyone in the right mindset for the start of high school football season, but it’s the East Robertson jamboree that is the real kickoff to the upcoming football season.
The event features all five Robertson County teams in one place on the same night. It also features teams from Clarksville, Cheatham County, White House and Nashville.
In all, 14 teams will square off on Friday, Aug. 12.
Admission is $7 per person with all proceeds equally distributed between the playing teams.
The jamboree is a huge undertaking for second-year East Robertson football coach Chad Broadrick, but it’s one that he realizes the importance of holding, he said.
“I’ll be honest, for me it’s not a whole lot of fun until we actually get onto the field,” Broadrick said. “Last year, I had just walked into the head coaching position and didn’t really have any idea what all was involved and couldn’t have pulled it off without the help I got from volunteers and the East Robertson staff.
“This year I think we have everything handled and hopefully, we’re ready for whatever comes up, but again, we’ve had the help of the East Robertson staff and it takes a lot of volunteers to pull this off. For me, my escape comes once our team is on the field. I hope we’re going to have a good showing this year. This is a great community that is hungry for a good football team that they can get behind. It’s our responsibility to give them something to cheer for and that starts Friday night.”
For Springfield coach Dustin Wilson, his team’s involvement in the jamboree is a good thing, but he was quick to point out his goals for the evening.
“The jamboree has always been a good thing since I’ve been coaching, and it’s become a part of Robertson County football,” Wilson said. “Coach (Jeff) Chatman and Coach Broadrick and the entire Cross Plains community always do a wonderful job of putting on the event.
“What we want to get out of that night is to load up the bus, go through a dress rehearsal and run a scrimmage with officials. It’s beneficial, but the scoreboard means nothing on an evening like this.”
Greenbrier first-year head coach John Thomas Elmore agreed.
“For us, it’s our first dress rehearsal,” Elmore said. “It gets us ready for our first away game because we get to load the buses with our guys, be in full uniform and get to see what it’s going to be like under the lights for the first time this season.
“Our older guys will play the first quarter, and then we’ll get our younger guys in the second quarter. It’s always a great atmosphere, and it also gives all the communities a chance to see all our teams from around the county in one place on the same night. This is a close county, and I think we’re all pulling for each other, unless they are across the sidelines from you, and we all work together. That’s not the case in other communities, but that’s also what makes Robertson County special.”
East Robertson Jamboree Schedule
5 p.m. – Clarksville Academy vs. Cheatham County
5:45 p.m. – Sycamore vs. West Creek
6:30 p.m. – Springfield vs. Hendersonville
7:15 p.m. – Jo Byrns vs. White House
8 p.m. – East Robertson vs. White House Heritage
8:45 p.m. – Greenbrier vs. DCA
9:30 p.m. – Houston County vs. Ezell-Harding