Kennett's Travon Bradford rushes the ball toward the sideline. [Order this photo]
"Offensively I thought we moved the ball at times," Kennett head football coach Corey Adkisson said of his team's play in the scrimmage game. "We stuck to our script and worked on what we needed to work on. We weren't calling plays by feel, or down and distance. We were just trying to work on what we needed to work on."
East Prairie, Dexter and New Madrid County Central were the other three participants in the event. Kennett competes in a four-team district with Dexter and New Madrid County Central at the end of the season and plays East Prairie in a regular-season contest in Week 4.
"Dexter to me is really good," Kennett outside linebacker Logan Dollins said. "They are not really all that big, but pack a punch every year."
Under the jamboree style of play, a coin toss determined which team started on offense and defense and the ball was placed at the 40 yard line. Two scrimmages were played at the same time, one at each end of the field. Each team ran 12 plays against all three teams in the round-robin format and there was no kicking game.
Kennett's Adam Grantham (right) releases a ball with a Dexter Bearcat defender approaching. [Order this photo]
East Prairie, Dexter and New Madrid County Central each recorded touchdowns against Kennett. Kennett was unable to score a touchdown in the exhibition contest.
"Defensively we struggled a little bit," Adkisson said. "I thought we were in good position most of the night. We just didn't run our feet to tackles and made some arm tackles. We've got to get better at that and we will get better at that."
Kennett quarterback Adam Grantham spoke of two positive aspects of his team's play following the completion of play.
"There were a lot of positives," Grantham said. "The receivers ran for the most part the right routes and we were there. We just didn't execute as well as we would like to.
"For the most part our protection was solid," Grantham said. "Our line has been working hard and it showed today."
Grantham, who is a three-sport senior athlete at Kennett, said he believes the underclassmen will benefit from receiving playing time at the jamboree.
"I feel it got a lot of our younger players some experience for game time," Grantham said. "I think we will be ready for opening week."
Kennett players formed a circle around coach Adkisson in the south end zone after the contest concluded. Adkisson spoke to his players for approximately five minutes.
Kennett's Malik Wallace attempts to catch a pass. [Order this photo]
It was the second consecutive night Kennett played in a scrimmage game. Kennett's football program competed in a scrimmage contest against each other Thursday night in front of home crowd that nearly filled the bleachers on the west side of Metz Cherry Stadium.
"It was good to get out of there in front of a good crowd," Adkisson said. "I think some of the jitters were out tonight that we had [Thursday] night. It was good to have a big home crowd. I think people are excited about what we are trying to do and what we are trying to build here with the football program."
Kennett has a week of practice remaining before it opens its season at home on Aug. 26.
"Every day we have gotten better," Adkisson said. "I don't feel like we've really had a bad practice. We've just got to keep getting better and if we do that I think we can have some success this year."
Kennett's first opponent on the regular-season schedule is Charleston. Charleston finished the 2010 season 0-10.
"We've got to wrap up a little bit more defensively," Dollins said. "Hopefully we can come out against Charleston in Week 1 and make good defensive plays."
Kennett's players and coaches on the sideline.