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Jamboree Kicks off Football Season

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn.- West Tennessee football fans said they have waited for local high school football teams to take to the field in uniform for months. Hundreds of fans gathered for the official jamboree kick off hosted at The Baptist Memorial-Huntingdon Quarterback Club Classic at Huntingdon High School, Friday where eight local teams matched up.

"Sure we've been waiting since last year to start," said resident Harry Baker.

Fans said West Tennessee jamboree celebrations are the first look they have at a team's potential in the upcoming season.

"It's a good night to get out and see all of the local schools," said resident Terry Pigue. "See what talent they have returning from last year and what new stuff they got for this year."

Former Huntingdon teacher and coach Jimmy Pritchard told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that the Carroll County community has celebrated football jamboree for more than four decades, making their location the longest running jamboree in the state.

"We describe it as the circus coming to town," said Pritchard. "Back in the dark ages, in the 60's it started in Lexington in 1965. It was in Lexington for 1965 and 1966 then it moved to Huntingdon and we've been here ever since."

Officials said all of the game proceeds go towards their Quarterback club. Fans said Friday night football is not just a game in West Tennessee but away of life.

"They'll talk about who looks good who doesn't look good and why," said Prichard." They will start all of their predictions in the morning and the coffee shops will have a big time all throughout West Tennessee."

Friday's game ended with Union City taking the win over West Carroll 7-0, Crockett County beating McKenzie 7-3, Camden taking the win over Bruceton 7-3 and a very close game between Huntingdon and Dyersburg with Huntingdon getting the win 13 -6.