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Centennial kicks off jamboree season

Exhibition play begins this weekend, heading into the Sept. 4 Friday Night openers


THE OUTLOOK: PARKER LEE - Members of the Centennial High football team file into the locker room before heading out for Thursday's four-team jamboree at Hare Field in Hillsboro. It's the strange time in the football season when the anticipation of the upcoming season is bubbling over, but the scoreboard doesn't count.

Jamboree weekend kicked off early with a few Thursday exhibitions, including Centennial traveling across the river to take on Hillsboro, Canby and Tualatin at Hare Field. The OSAA limits teams to 36 offensive plays, 12 against each opponent, in the jamboree setting. And while no score is kept and special teams does not play a part — each of those 36 plays is valuable to prep coaches heading into their Sept. 4, season openers.

“We aren't worried about winning or losing, this is about getting all of our kids on film,” Eagles' coach Chris Knudsen said. “We'll follow a script of plays we want to see tonight, so play-calling isn't based on the game situation. We want to utilize those snaps to the best of our ability.”

High school jamborees are similar to the preseason in the NFL, as coaches evaluate players and look to get the new members ready for that Friday night varsity atmosphere.

“It allows us to focus on some of the things that happen in a game, but are difficult to simulate in practice,” Knudsen said. “We're getting out the uniforms, playing in front of a crowd — there will be plenty of butterflies.”

Oregon City is the only Mount Hood Conference school that is hosting a jamboree this weekend, while Gresham is at Wilsonville, Barlow is at Silverton, Reynolds is at Hood River and David Douglas is at Glencoe.

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