Jamborees don't mean a lot.

Teams have won in the jamboree and not done anything during the regular season, and vice versa. 

With all that said, Tipton County's three football teams each played in the jamboree Friday night at Dyersburg High School with mixed results. 

Covington did not score an offensive TD, but still beat Crockett County 9-0. 

Mr. Football semifinalist Marcus Hayes and some other projected starters did not play, but Covington still looked solid, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. 

On Covington's second possession, after a fumble recovery by Myles Starks, the Chargers drove deep into Crockett territory. Andrew Scott converted a fourth down and two with a six-yard run to set up a 22-yard field goal by Roby Myers. 

Carson Ruffin completed a 30-yard pass to Jalen Fayne on Covington's next possession, but the possession ended at halftime. 

Covington sealed the win when A.C. Young scooped up a fumble and returned it 55 yards for a TD with 3:23 left in the game. 

"We had played so well offensively  in scrimmages. we  knew it was going to be a challenge because they were going to scheme us up," said Covington head coach J.R. Kirby. "Defensively, we were like I thought we could be. They did what I thought we could do. I'm proud of our kids. We found a way to win. If we're going to come away with a win next week we're going to have to be a lot better."

Brighton showed some positive signs, but generally looked overmatched in a 28-3 loss to Haywood, a team that played in the Class 4A state title game last season. 

Derrion Williamson scored three TDs for Haywood. 

"I'm proud of our kids," said first-year Brighton coach Mike David. "We didn't want to show too much tonight. I thought we battled. We need to correct some of those mistakes. It's always good to play somebody of that caliber to get us ready for the season. We're looking forward to starting the season Friday."

Brighton's best drive came when backup quarterback Ande Blackthunder entered the game in the second half. After three first downs Ethan Starnes kicked a 32 yard field goal for the Cardinals. 

Cardinal starting QB Nick Johnson completed a first down pass to Tyler Burnette on an earlier possession that ended with a turnover. 

Munford lost to host Dyersburg 19-7, but the Cougars' first string looked solid. 

On Munford's first possession Auvic White finished off a 67-yard drive with a one-yard TD-run. 

Dyresburg played its first string players longer than Munford did and scored on a 62-yard run on the final play of the game. A couple of Munford turnovers proved to be the difference. 

"You can't put the ball on the ground," Munford coach Nick Markle said. "I was pleased with the way we played the first couple of series, basically the first half. We put the JV guys in and things went sideway a little bit. That's the only way you learn. Now its all about getting ready for the season with Covington coming to our place."

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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