West Lincoln jamboree gauges team progress

Published 8:03 pm Friday, May 11, 2012

The West Lincoln Bears hosted the Salem Wildcats in a spring jamboree Thursday at Perry Miller Field.

     Football fans gathered to give support for their teams and witnessed some good friendly competition between two old rivals.

     In Willie Brumfield for West Lincoln and Kenneth Murphy for Salem, two new but old coaches returned to the sidelines to view their teams’ progress over the spring training. Brumfield is coaching the Bears after previously coaching at South Jones while Murphy ended his retirement from Salem to coach the Wildcats.

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     Both coaches used the jamboree to get a glimpse on what they need to work on over the summer to be ready for the fall.

     The Wildcats used their power running attack to outscore the Bears 5-3.

     Stevie Quinn led the attack for Salem with three scores.  Nick Henry and Shannon Demond also punched through for a score apiece.

     “I was very pleased with the guys performance,” said Murphy. “We were very aggressive on both sides on the ball.

     “This was a great opportunity for me to see our players stepped up and show the progress we made through spring training. Although, we guys worked really hard, we still have plenty of stuff to work on over the summer.”

     West Lincoln quarterback Jonah King was the offensive leader for the Bears completing two passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns. King also rushed for another touchdown.

     Austin Montgomery led all receivers with one catch for 40 yards and one touchdown. Matthew Allred caught a pass for a 11-yard touchdown.

     “I was very pleased with the jamboree,” said Brumfield. “The kids played hard. We saw what we needed to see and got to great look at everyone.

     “This was a great way for us to see our strengths and weakness,” continued Brumfield. “Now, we must take what we have learn and work hard over the summer to get ready for next season.”

     The jamboree started and ended on a successful note as no one suffered any major injuries during the contest.