The Sumter Sertoma Club's 37th Annual Sumter County Football Jamboree is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Sumter Memorial Stadium, and the event will have more local flavor to it than it has had in many years.
Five of the six schools participating …
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Five of the six schools participating in the event are from either Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties, and the sixth is from Williamsburg County, which borders on Clarendon County.
Of course, the three Sumter School District schools -- Sumter, Crestwood and Lakewood high schools -- will be playing in each of the three one-half scrimmages. The other schools are Manning, Lee Central of Bishopville and C.E. Murray, which is located in Greeleyville.
Lee Central and Lakewood will play the first scrimmage beginning at 6:30. Lee Central is coming off an 11-2 campaign in which it made a run to the quarterfinals of the 2A state playoffs. The 4A Gators are prepping for their second season under head coach Larry Cornelius after going 2-8 last year.
The second matchup will pit 4A Crestwood against 1A C.E. Murray at 7:30. The Knights were 6-6 last year, but won their first playoff game under head coach Roosevelt Nelson. C.E. Murray was 11-2 last year, reaching the state semifinals.
The final scrimmage will have 5A Sumter going up against 3A Manning at 8:30. The Gamecocks were 9-3 last year, reaching the second round of the playoffs. Manning was 7-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Each half will consist of two 12-minute quarters and the scrimmages will be live, including the kicking game.
Admission is $7 per person.
East Clarendon, Scott's Branch and Clarendon Hall will each be playing in jamborees on Friday, while Wilson Hall, Thomas Sumter Academy and Robert E. Lee Academy will be participating in scrimmages.
Wilson Hall will be traveling to Mullins for scrimmages against Pee Dee and Williamsburg academies, while TSA will be going on the road to scrimmage Dillon Christian. REL will visit Lake City to scrimmage against Carolina Academy.
Scott's Branch will travel to Florence to take on Wilson High in the Florence Jamboree at 7:30 p.m. East Clarendon will be in a jamboree in Lake City and will take on Hannah-Pamplico at 6 p.m. Clarendon Hall will meet Andrew Jackson Academy at 8 p.m. in a jamboree at Jefferson Davis Academy in Blackville.
SUMTER SERTOMA JAMBOREE
at Sumter Memorial Stadium
6:30 p.m. -- Lee Central vs. Lakewood
7:30 p.m. -- C.E. Murray vs. Crestwood
8:30 p.m. -- Manning vs. Sumter
Tickets are $7 per person
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