The high school football season got a little closer last week when Patapsco hosted a 10-team football jamboree on Friday.
In the controlled scrimmage, teams would play a “game” for 30 minutes, with each squad alternating 10-play possessions starting at the 40-yard line. Teams could score multiple times during each possession, while restarting at the 40 after each score.
Patapsco scrimmaged Winston Churchill, Patterson Mill, Owings Mills and Edgewood during the Jamboree.
Sparrows Point was scheduled to attend, but had to back out due to only being able to get in one practice with pads prior to the event (due to the heat).
The Patriots did well against Edgewood, a Class 3A playoff team last season that rushed for 300 yards against Dundalk while losing to the Owls in overtime.
Patapsco held the rams to one touchdown, and that came after a Patrior defender missed a tackle in the backfield.
“We learned we can compete with anyone,” Patapsco coach Tylewr Clough said. “We did well against Churchill and Edgewood and can really hold our own against anyone in the state.”
Churchill is a strong Montgomery County program that reached the Class 4A state semifinals last season.
While Patapsco played well on defense against all four scrimmage opponents, the Patriots struggled on offense and mainly relied on throwing the ball deep.
“We need to clean up on offense, but we’ll be fine,” Clough said.
Patapsco opens the season on Sept. 6 against Western Tech at CCBC Catonsville. The Wolverines attended the Jamboree, but did not scrimmage Patapsco.
“I saw a little bit of them on film<’ Clough said. “I’m confident.”
Dundalk, which scrimmaged some teams in Howard County last week, opens at Century (Carroll County) High on Sept. 6, while Sparrows Point hosts Lansdowne on Sept. 6.