What: STAR Physical Therapy/West TN Bone & Joint 2019 High School Football Jamboree

Where: J.C Sawyers Stadium at Dyersburg High School

When: Friday at 6 p.m. 

Teams involved: Brighton, Covington, Munford, Haywood, Crockett County, Obion County, University School of Jackson and Dyersburg

Cost of admission: $8

For the fourth straight season, fans of Tipton County’s three high school football teams will be able to gather in one place on a jamboree night to get an early look at their teams. 

Dyersburg High School is hosting the event, which gets started at 6 p.m. Here are five things to know about the event: 

1. Who’s playing whom? 

The action starts at 6 p.m. with Haywood taking on Brighton. Covington vs. Crockett County follows that. The last two games will feature Obion County vs. USJ and Munford vs. Dyersburg. 

2. What’s the format?

Each game will consist of two 20-minute periods with a running clock, but there will be clock stoppages over the final two minutes of each period. There will be five-minute breaks between halves and games. The second game will start about 7 p.m., the third at 8 p.m. the finale at approximately 9 p.m. 

3. Are there any interesting matchups?

First-year Covington head coach J.R. Kirby was an assistant coach at Crockett County three seasons ago, so there should be some familiarity there. Brighton has not played Haywood in many years and the same goes for Munford vs. Dyersburg. With all that said, there will some coaches watching other games intently. Brighton travels to Dyersburg in Week 2 and plays both Covington and Munford later in the season. Covington and Munford will be watching each other considering the teams open the season against each other next week. 

4. Who are some players to watch?

Covington junior running back Marcus Hayes, No. 7 in your program, is back after rushing for more than 2,000 yards last season. He was a Mr. Football semifinalist in 2018. Of the three Tipton County teams, Brighton appears to be the only one that has completely settled on a quarterback. Nick Johnson is the man for the Cardinals. Covington and Munford are still trying to solidify that spot and the jamboree could help clarify some things. 

5. What do these games mean?

Not much. Coaches typically don’t open up the playbook because future opponents are watching. Nevertheless, it’s a fun night for fans and players eager for some football. 

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

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