(right) West Carroll Thunder Travis Hartman (85) almost snags a pass between two Erie defenders in Saturday's 6th Grade Football Jamboree at Eastland High School. Erie's ground game was too much for the Thunder, who finished on the losing end 14-0. See exclusive video of the event at www.pacc-news.com. (PA photo/Tom Kocal)
You couldn't have had a better day for football than Saturday, October 11. The temperatures were warm, but comfortable for the Eastland Cougar 6th Grade Football Jamboree, held at Eastland High School in Lanark. The event was hosted by the Eastland Junior Tackle Football program.
Eastland Head Coach Scott Heeren said they had participated in a similar event last year, and decided to host their own this year. It's a 5-team round-robin tournament, with 20-minute games. Each team plays four games throughout the day.
The teams that participated in the Jamboree were the Chadwick-Milledgeville Streaks, Polo Marcos, Erie Panthers, West Carroll Thunder, and Eastland.
Polo finished the Jamboree undefeated at 4-0, taking first place honors. Host Eastland placed 2nd at 3-1, and Erie in third with a 2-2 record. Chadwick-Milledgeville came in 4th with a 2-2 record, but Erie scored more points, giving them the edge. West Carroll was 0-4.
Special awards went to Erie's Leanne Ballard for Outstanding Lineman, and the Most Valuable Player was Polo running back Brooks Grobe.