Not knowing what to expect in a jamboree against three larger schools, Eldon coach Shannon Jolley came away mostly pleased from Friday night's action in Camdenton. He said a nice bonus was the play of some younger Mustang players.
Not knowing what to expect in a jamboree against three larger schools, Eldon coach Shannon Jolley came away mostly pleased from Friday night's action in Camdenton.
He said a nice bonus was the play of some younger Mustang players.
"The positive things are we had some kids that we didn't necessarily feel like were as high as they needed to be on the depth chart and we had some kids step up tonight and do some things that were a little bit surprising, but that's what the jamboree is for," Jolley said. "I was pleasantly surprised with a couple of the young kids that kind of stepped up and filled some positions that maybe ever they shouldn't have had to fill."
Eldon started out the jamboree against Camdenton, and held its own for the most part. Both teams ran a rather basic play package.
Camdenton's Justin Daughtrey was the lone player to score a touchdown during the Mustangs vs. Lakers session.
Going against Republic next, the Mustangs were on defense first and gave up touchdowns on back-to-back plays early on. Republic also scored on its final play against Eldon during the 12-play session.
With their turn on offense, Eldon slowly moved the ball down the field against Republic and scored its only touchdown of the night on a short Kory McPheeters run.
Overall, Eldon went with some basic running plays up the middle and on the edges for most of the night, mixing in the occasional bootleg and end around.
Facing Marshfield last, Eldon had a nice drive going before Ryan Kliethermes' pass was tipped and intercepted. Marshfield added a late touchdown run by senior Calvin Birsa for the lone score between the two teams.
Eldon opens the season next Friday night at home against North Callaway.
"We got to see some things that we needed to know, and that was who was going to lead and who was going to be willing to step in and get after it," Jolley said.