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Senior Keenan Batsell drives through a tribe of Indians,as Senior Max Hays, Junior Bo Patterson and Senior Dalton McAfee block the way to get the football down the field on August 23, at Lankford Field, during the twentieth annual Football Jamboree.

The Monroe City Panthers hosted the twentieth annual Football Jamboree at Lankford Field on August 23. Players and fans alike came out to kick-off the new season, eager for football action. The jamboree hosted Scotland Co., Schuyler Co. and Van Far.

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Senior Antwuan Battle carries the football, trying to avoid a tackle by the opposing team during the Football Jamboree.

The Panthers started the jamboree against Van-Far. On the first play, Senior Antwuan Battle, landed a tackle with a hard hit that could be heard from the stands, stopping Van-Far’s play. Later, Junior Aaron Plumb broke through a tackle, carrying the football, ending the play with a front flip escaping the Indians attempt to bring him down. Adding to the evening, Senior Keenan Batsell, headed to the end zone, while Seniors Max Hays and Danny Dennison blocked the way and created holes for their running backs to head down the field.

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Each team had an opportunity throughout the evening to scrimmage against each other, giving their coaches a sneak peak of each team’s abilities on the field. Head Coach David Kirby stated, “I thought the guys played well.  I was very happy to see how our new players stepped up.  They played very fast and physical.  We are young in some spots and  will need some kids to grow up fast.  I believe they are more than capable of doing that.  Our kids will continue to focus improving blocking and tackling.  If we continue to focus on improving in these areas we will be okay.

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Junior Aaron Plumb front flips out of a tackle gaining yards for the Panthers on August 23.

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Junior Joshua Ryan plays center during the Jamboree at MCHS.

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The Monroe City Panthers will travel to Centralia on August 30 to open the season to make the first “Monroe City First Down” of the 2019-20 season.

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