All four Nash County public high schools will receive their final live tests before games begin with tonight’s first-ever Nash County Jamboree, which begins at 6 p.m. at Nash Central High School.
In addition to the four Nash County schools, Southeast Halifax, Greenville Conley and Bertie are scheduled to be present at the event.
The 2013 season kicks off Aug. 23 with nonconference games, so tonight will be the final opportunity for the teams in action to measure themselves against another team before the contests really count.
Every team will play at least two 20-minute sessions, with each session split evenly between offense and defense, and at least two 15-minute goal-line sessions.
“I want to see what my sophomores and juniors can do,” Nash Central coach Kevin Crudup said. “... They’re going to get the bulk of the time. We still have to decide who’s going to be on varsity and who’s not going to be on varsity because our roster isn’t even set yet.”
The only new coach among the four Nash County schools, Randy Raper at Northern Nash, said the Knights will use to opportunity to familiarize themselves with a new offense and improve the team’s overall fitness.
“I was pleased with the way we played in our first scrimmage, but right now, we’ve got to get in better shape,” Raper said. “A lot of our focus is in getting in better shape.”
Several other counties, including Edgecombe, have an annual multiple-team scrimmage.
Crudup said the goal is to make the Nash County Jamboree an annual event.