GCHS will play host to the state’s longest running jamboree next Friday, at 6 p.m.
The Sequachee Valley Jamboree, which has been running longer than any other jamboree in the state, will make its annual stop on the mountain at Crisp Field, on the campus of Grundy County High School, on Friday, August 16, one week prior to the official first week of high school football in Tennessee.
For years, the jamboree was played in South Pittsburg or at Marion County High School during the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. However, over the last several years, it has rotated up and down the valley and is making its third stop on the mountain to kick off the 2019 football season. It is rotated among the six schools that played three quarters for years back in the 60s and 70s. Bledsoe County, Marion County, Whitwell, Sequatchie County, South Pittsburg, and Grundy County are what you would call the charter members of the jamboree.
There have been other teams through the years, but this year, as has been the last few years, Silverdale Baptist Academy out of Chattanooga, and Lookout Valley have joined the valley teams to participate in the event. Each team will play two different opponents and play one quarter against each of those foes.
The matchups will be as follows:
1st Quarter Marion County vs. Lookout Valley
2nd Quarter Whitwell vs. Silverdale Baptist Academy
3rd Quarter Bledsoe County vs. South Pittsburg
4th Quarter Grundy County vs. Sequatchie County
5th Quarter Marion County vs. Silverdale Baptist Academy
6th Quarter Whitwell vs. Lookout Valley
7th Quarter Bledsoe County vs. Sequatchie County
8th Quarter Grundy County vs. South Pittsburg
The team listed first will be listed as the home team on the scoreboard and will wear their dark jerseys.
Most schools will open their season the following Friday, August 23, which is the first week of high school football season according to TSSAA. The Grundy County Yellow Jackets open their 2019 season on Friday, August 30, at home against the South Pittsburg Pirates.
The Jackets will play 10 consecutive weeks with Week 1 being their open date.
The Jackets have no fall scrimmages scheduled, so the jamboree will be your first opportunity to see what the 2019 version of Grundy County football will provide before the season begins.
Even though the Jackets play the fourth and eighth quarters, I suggest you get to the jamboree early. It will be an overflow crowd with parking and seating at a premium. Everyone in the Valley will be there in anticipation of the 2019 football campaign.