Darlington still learning as it falls to McBee in jamboree
By Drake Horton, Contributing Writer
In its second jamboree in as many nights, the Darlington Falcons took the field against the McBee Panthers in the Founders Federal Credit Union Jamboree in Cheraw on Saturday night.
The jamboree, just like the one the night before, was simply a setting where coaches could get one final look at how their team is going to react in game-time situations before the regular season starts this Friday.
As it was in the first, Darlington was on the losing end of the game against the Panthers, falling by a score of 28-7 as McBee’s wishbone offense bruised its way into the end zone four times during the two quarter jamboree.
Darlington let its starters play a little more in this game compared to the night before against Central, but even with the extra playing it proved to be of little avail as the Falcons offense once again was only able to muster up one touchdown, a nice pass from Frankie Johnson to Elmo Johnson, cutting the Panthers 14-0 in half.
“It was a great throw by Frankie,” wide receiver Elmo Johnson said on the play. “Our front line, they blocked well, I was able to get loose and find the end zone. We are going to be able to do a lot of that we haven’t showed them everything yet.”
While the score was lopsided and from most watching it appeared McBee outmanned Darlington, an important factor to remember is that the Falcons did not go into this game or any of the other jamborees and scrimmages game planning for that opponent.
“The film room isn’t about McBee, the film room isn’t about jamborees, the film room isn’t about scrimmages,” Jones said on the way his team has prepared for the jamboree and is preparing for Carolina Forest. “We are worried about one thing and that’s Carolina Forest.”
Instead, head coach John Jones and his staff has used these precious games as a way of gauging what talent they have on the roster and deep that talent goes.
“We saw some good things out of a couple of guys, we saw a couple of guys that might have regressed a little bit from the summer,” Jones, discussing what was gained from these preseason games. “We’ve played everybody now. We played everybody; got a look at everybody on film and now we can focus on who we got, who we can count on and who we are going to go with.”
Game preparation for Carolina Forest, the first regular season game of the year, has already begun and this jamboree was just another opportunity for the coaches to see who is and who is not going to be contributing to this season when real games begin.
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