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Jamboree opens season for EJAA teams

It was football time at Gentry Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 15.
The Erwin Junior Athletic Association (EJAA) hosted the annual Watauga Junior Athletic League (WJAL) jamboree with a host of teams in attendance, including Unicoi County, David Crockett, Cloudland and Unaka.
“I thought we had a great turnout today,” Jr. Pee Wee coach David Bell said. “For a jamboree, I thought it was an excellent amount. The first two games, the teams didn’t travel too well, but I know afterwards it picked up.”
Bell’s squad took to the field for the last Unicoi County game and fell to a stout David Crockett Jr. Pioneer team, 14-0.
“We just had a couple of busted plays,” Bell said, “but I was proud of the way our guys played.”
Unicoi County and David Crockett also met in action for the Grasscutters and Mitey Mites with both teams playing to a draw.
“They both were strong on the defense,” Bell said. “I know they’ll get better on the offensive side of the ball.”
The jamboree served as a dress rehearsal for teams with the regular season coming to the area this week. Football players and cheerleaders from across the region had the chance to take to the field to showcase their talents before the start of the season.
“All in all, it was a good day,” Bell said. “I saw a lot of good stuff out of all the kids. They all learned a lot from the weeks leading up to the jamboree and I expect big things out of them next week.”
The EJAA is scheduled to travel to Indian Trail Middle School to face Johnson City White on Saturday, Aug. 22.
The location was tentative, as was the time at The Erwin Record’s press deadline. An update on the schedule will be featured online at The Erwin Record Sports Facebook page.