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Jamboree: TRA has solid showing

[media-credit id=8 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]COVINGTON – The night of jamboree football on the campus of Covington High School started with the match up the Lausanne Lynx and Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebels.

The spectators Friday night were treated to an opening game of two 20-minute halves filled with big plays. The Lynx tallied 14 points while the Rebels missed on two extra-point opportunities to only score 12.

Despite dropping the jamboree contest 14-12, TRA Head Coach Dodd Gengenbach was pleased with his team’s overall effort.

“We’ve been working on throwing the ball around a little bit more, especially in the springtime, during the summer sessions as well,” he noted. “So we wanted to come out here and do it in a live environment under these types of conditions. I was pretty happy with how we were moving the ball through the air.”

Trailing 14-6, with Rebel Shane O’Brien crossing the goal line earlier, TRA’s special teams caused a fumble. The Rebels recovered the ball seven yards away from the end zone.

Two plays later, TRA quarterback Austin Chambers rolled out and hit Logan Stewart for a touchdown pass.

Trying to tie the contest at 14-14, TRA went for two points with Chambers on a bootleg. The Lausanne defenders stopped the junior signal caller two yards out of the end zone.

Gengenbach said it was special teams and defense that gave his team a shot at tying the contest. But the Lynx were able to hit some big runs to leave Tipton County with positive momentum to start the 2012 season.

“Defensively, there are still some things we need to iron out,” Gengenbach acknowledged. “Special teams I was real happy with. I thought we executed on and had some big plays. Our defense was opportuntisic. We had a return for a touchdown off a pickoff pitch.”

Gengenbach said one of the lessons he’s taking from the jamboree is preaching execution for his team to be successful in 2012.

“Just try to be more technically sounded,” he said. “We have to do what we do within ourselves. Offensively, we have to try to be perfect with how we deal with another team’s offense, we have to scheme up and go about doing what are jobs are.”

Gengenbach said the Rebels left Covington Football Stadium with good signs for the upcoming season as well that will kickoff Aug. 24 against Halls.

“Overall I was pretty pleased with the effort,” he concluded. “Now we have two weeks to get ready for Halls and kind of straighten some of that stuff out.”


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