BB&T Jamboree signals start of football

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

For high school football fans, the 23rd annual BB&T Football Jamboree on Friday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington means the start of the football season.

This scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

The jamboree begins at 5 p.m. with a cheerleading showcase that includes squads from West Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools.

The football scrimmages begin at 6 p.m. After Ashley plays Wallace-Rose Hill, Hoggard will scrimmage South Brunswick and Jacksonville will scrimmage West Brunswick. Each scrimmage will be 24 minutes.

The 2008 jamboree had an attendance of 10,791 and raised $61,797, enough to fund 30 scholarships (three per school) of $1,000 each.

The three recipients from West: Jamonte’ LaQuan Powell, North Carolina Central University; Jake Andrew Boudreau, UNC-Pembroke; Emily Lauren Gore, Southeastern Community College.

The three recipients from South: Zakiryea Vincent Alcorn, Methodist University; Kirstie Marie Yocolano, Duquesne University; Gregory Gilbert Jr., Campbell University.

Also from the jamboree, participating schools received about $2,700 each for their general operating budgets.

Since the inaugural jamboree in 1989, approximately $891,745 has been raised for southeastern North Carolina high schools, and 426 student scholarships worth $412,000 have been awarded.

Advance tickets are $4 and available at BB&T branches in Whiteville, Wilmington, Wallace, Rose Hill, Shallotte, Southport, Tabor City and Jacksonville. Tickets at the gate will be $6.

According to a news release about the jamboree, the BB&T Football Jamboree Scholarship Committee decided in 2003 to allow each school to honor one of its supporters by naming the scholarships in their honor. The initial recognition is for five years. After the five-year period, each school will have the opportunity to honor another individual.

Each school made its recommendation to honor an individual (either living or deceased) who has either served on the school staff or in the administrative system.

“Schools selected individuals who have been an inspiration to student athletes over the years through their leadership and teaching qualities,” co-chairman Randy Huggins said.

West Brunswick honored Donald C. Evans; South Brunswick, Martin Glenn Sasser.

One week after the jamboree, the first games of the season take place. North Brunswick plays at West Carteret and South is home to Midway.

West opens its season Aug. 28 with a game at Socastee, S.C. But it will be a long wait until West plays its first home game. The Trojans’ home opener is Sept. 11 against Laney.

If area teams qualify for the playoffs, the season will last at least until Nov. 13—something all teams in the jamboree want to achieve.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.