Football jamboree helps players and coaches tune up for fall
June 20, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
Mount Si football gets warmed up for next season, takes a look at the competition
Spring football jamborees satisfy myriad needs.
One: Fans get a bit of a fix after months of not hearing the crush of shoulder pads and clacking helmets.
Two: Players’ bodies get back in the groove of passing, receiving, making handoffs, protecting the quarterback and stopping the competition from scoring.
Three: Coaches get a good sense of what players need to work on this summer in preparation for the fall season — and they get to size up the competition.
On June 9, Mount Si hosted Inglemoor, Interlake and O’Dea high schools’ junior and varsity teams.
And while Wildcats head coach Charlie Kinnune said keeping score really isn’t part of the equation at a jamboree, he was very much aware that the varsity team scored five times in 30 snaps and the defense held the offense to only two scores in 30 snaps.
“Those are some pretty good numbers,” he said.
The field was divided in half at the jamboree, with JV playing on one side and varsity on the other.
The offense started at the 40-yard line and each was given 10 plays in which to score.
After the 10 plays were exhausted, the team they were facing took the line and tried to move the ball in 10 plays.
On the Mount Si offense, several players stood out.
Nick Mitchell, a soon-to-be junior who played safety and backup quarterback last season, will serve as Mount Si’s starting quarterback this fall.
“He did an excellent job of hitting his receivers,” Kinnune said.
If wide receivers Tyler Button and Hunter Malberg were open, Mitchell found them and sailed the ball into their waiting arms — often resulting in scores.
But tight end Griffin McLain also made himself available for a Mitchell pass to score a touchdown.
On the defense side, upcoming seniors Stephen Nnabue and Mitch Rorem held the visiting offense to only two scores.
Kinnune said that even though his Wildcats had a pretty good showing at the jamboree, he wants to see his offense be more efficient and catch every ball, and the defense do a better job tackling.
The team had only four opportunities to practice before the jamboree, and will have all summer to work out any kinks, Kinnune said.
Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or email@example.com.