Jags hope summer success leads into season

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Overhills, preparing for its second football campaign under head coach Rodney Barr, held its annual "Black and Blue" inter-squad scrimmage Thursday night. The scrimmage was key practice time ahead of the season as well as a preseason kickoff party for the Jaguar football family.

Jaguar players and coaches built an obstacle course for the players' parents to run prior to the scrimmage. The Overhills cheerleading squads performed for the crowd. Concessions for the night included award-winning Carolina BBQ from David Jones and his custom smoker.

The Jaguars are looking forward to the upcoming season after a successful, even title-winning, summer workout program.

Overhills won two 7-on-7 tournaments over the summer, one at North Carolina State University and one at Wake Forest Middle School, winning the 4A state championships in both. Jaguars took home individual honors at Wake Forest in the N.C. 7-on-7 State Championship. Nicco Maggo finished first overall in the punting and kicking challenge. William Wyland was third in the kicking challenge. The Jaguar linemen were third in the linemen competition. Anthony Lamberty was third in the longsnap challenge and Kevin Trotty was third in the individual lineman challenge. The Jaguars defeated Southeast Raleigh 31-14 in the championship game of the Wake Forest tournament.

The Jaguars went 2-9 overall in Barr's first season and the first year after realignment moved Overhills from 3A and the Cape Fear Valley Conference to 4A and the Mid-South Athletic Conference.

The Overhills Football Fling, starting at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15, will be another preseason celebration for the Jaguars and their fans. There will be scrimmages for the Spring Lake AAU youth football program, then Westover vs. Overhills in junior varsity and varsity scrimmages, along with demonstrations and booths from community organizations and more great barbeque.

Overhills will kickoff its regular season the following Friday night, Aug. 22, traveling to Pinecrest for a 7:30 p.m. start.