William Blount provided the highlight of Friday’s Blount County jamboree with a cross-field double pass that set up a game-tying 44-yard field goal by sophomore Job Matossian against Alcoa.

“(That play is) called, ‘It’s the jamboree, let’s have fun,’” William Blount coach Philip Shadowens told The Daily Times. “We put that in on Wednesday and the kids said, ‘Coach, we know you won’t let anybody call that,’ because that’s not really what we do, but heck, somehow it worked.”

The Tornadoes followed that by rallying to knock off Heritage, 14-7, in the fourth quarter. Maryville opened the jamboree by edging Greenback, 14-13.

Here’s a takeaway from each team’s performance at Goddard Field:

William Blount QB Trey Clemmer is ready for primetime: Alcoa’s defense is one of the best in the state, but that didn’t seem to faze Clemmer. Senior wide receiver Noah Durman’s throw across the field stole the show, but the most promising sign for the Governors was the long touchdown drive the offense orchestrated against the Tornadoes’ first-team defense after fumbling on the first play of their opening drive.

Clemmer stood in the pocket and delivered a few strikes down the field that accounted for most of the drive’s yardage before scoring on a 1-yard sneak.

“That’s kind of what we expected from Trey to be honest with you,” Shadowens said. “We know he’s capable of being a great leader and he can be a special quarterback for us as long as we give him some protection.”

Alcoa shows a (small) chink in the armor: The Tornadoes allowed 6.7 points per game last season, but in a pair of inconsequential quarters against William Blount and Heritage — a pair of Class 6A schools that won a combined three games last season — they surrendered almost three times as many. Alcoa opens the season against Class 6A foe Blackman on Aug. 24, and it will need to shore up some of its loose ends to avoid having its 26-game winning streak snapped by a team that averaged 37.5 points per game last season.

“The biggest thing our players better understand is that every night you have to come out and compete,” Alcoa defensive coordinator Brian Nix said.

“You better come out and focus and you better come out with intensity. If you don’t, there are a lot of good teams out there and people can beat you.

“We have to do a better job of individuals fulfilling their responsibility. We’ve got a lot of talent, but we have to get better and that’s on me as a coach because that’s my responsibility.”

Mistakes make Greenback one-dimensional: Greenback coach Greg Ryan prefers his offenses to be balanced, but a few missed assignments on some early runs and penalties dug the Cherokees in a hole that forced senior quarterback Braden Carnes to throw a lot against his former team.

Carnes showcased that he’s capable of leading a pass-heavy system, but the Cherokees would like to give his arm a rest every now and then.

“Obviously Maryville has a good defense, but they would line up in one defense and then change right before the snap and it had our guys not communicating well,” Ryan said. “When you get those type of penalties and you’re always working from behind the chains, you have to throw if you want to try and get first downs.

“We have to clean up a few things, but we’ll be fine after we do that.”

Heritage sticking together despite rough 2018: The Mountaineers walked off the field in rows of three — a sign of solidarity — after dropping the final period to Alcoa.

It was another defeat after a 2018 season in which Heritage lost all 10 games, but this one was encouraging.

The offensive line gave junior quarterback Zach Hollman time to find some open receivers and opened some lanes for junior swiss army knife Triston Hurst to run through as the Mountaineers drove the length of the field for a touchdown on their first drive against the Tornadoes’ second-team defense.

“The core group of about 40 (kids) have put in the time and the effort together, but they also care about each other,” Heritage coach Tim Hammontree said. “To develop that, they have to have a purpose. We’ve been talking about listing three things that are your purpose in life, and taking care of other people should be No. 1.

“If we take care of each other, we’ll do better.”

Maryville punts on the jamboree: Friday night was a literal dress rehearsal for the Rebels’ starters, none of whom played more than a few snaps.

The second-team did hold its own against Greenback, however, which says a lot about Maryville’s depth considering the Cherokees are poised to be a contender for the Class 1A state championship.

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