PCHS pulling double duty in busy weekend

Published 5:37 pm Thursday, August 12, 2010

Polk County High head football coach Bruce Ollis said his team is in good condition thanks to an offseason of hard work.

That theory will be put to the test starting tonight at 6 oclock with the Wolverine Jamboree hosted by the Wolverines at PCHS and then again Saturday with the 6th Annual Border Showcase Classic at Shelby.

Meanwhile, Landrum faces RS Central in a scrimmage tonight beginning at 6 p.m. before heading to the Ironcity Football Classic to face Southside Christian Friday night.

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Tonights Wolverine Jamboree features four teams, all of which will be on the field at the same time in a controlled scrimmage. Offenses will work from the 40-yard-lines in toward the goal.

Each team will get about 45 snaps on offense and about 45 on defense thats about three quarters, said Ollis.

The Wolverines will turn around and play one half of football Saturday in the Border Showcase against South Carolina Class 4A power Byrnes.

Im really pleased with our conditioning. Its very good, Ollis said. Teams that are well conditioned win some early games, and I think weve done that in the past.

Winning isnt necessarily the issue in preseason jamborees, but teams can find momentum early if they perform well.

Ollis said he does not expect starting quarterback Andre Overholt, the preseason Western Highlands Conference Player of the Year, to participate in the Wolverine Jamboree due to an ankle injury suffered this past summer that is still not completely healed.

Overholts absence will allow backup Cody Orick to get valuable snaps in against live competition, Ollis said.

Each of Polk Countys three scrimmages tonight will be at the end of the field closest to the scoreboard.

The Wolverines start off against Pisgah, then take on Asheville and end the night against East Rutherford.

At the near end of the field, closer to the concession stand, East Rutherford begins the night against Asheville, and then faces Pisgah. Pisgah and Asheville face off in the finale.

Teams will be afforded short breaks between scrimmages.

The scrimmage could be extended beyond the regular 40-yard-line matchups to include special situations such as goal-line and long-yardage.

Tonights jamboree will be broadcast locally on WJFJ 1160-AM and at WJFJRadio.com.