The atmosphere on August 11 was electric, literately. Kick off of the featured match up of the Bumblebee Jamboree, Fredrick Douglass vs Madison Southern, was delayed almost 3 hours because of lightning. Players, coaches, and fans all waited for the storm to pass.
When the storm subsided four teams took the field. East Jessamine and George Rogers Clark took to the North end of the Field and Douglass and Madison Southern took the South. When Douglass took the field you could feel the energy and enthusiasm radiating off them.
“When you get your guys ready to go and the all of a sudden you’re sitting around for three hours its difficult to gain that momentum back,” said Coach Landis “That’s what I’m most proud of, these guys coming out and executing the way the we did tonight.”
The two exhibitions took place simultaneously. Each drive started at the 40 yard line. Turn overs, whether by fumble, interception, or on downs, brought the ball back to the 40.
Douglass’s offense came out strong scoring quickly on their first three drives. Sr. QB Cameron Jones showed off his accuracy with several deep passes that hit receivers in stride. The receiving core for Douglass was severely staggered by the rain. Multiple receivers had passes shoot right through their slippery gloves. The Douglass coaching staff told players to take off their gloves and the reviving core drastically improved. The backs for Douglass came out fast and never slowed down. Multiple times the backs sold fakes so well that they had multiple players chasing them down. The O-line for Douglass created a good push on runs and a solid pocket on passes. The O-line regularly provided pancake blocks as well as down field blocking which laid ground work for Douglass’s impressive rushing attack.
The Douglass defense was a force to be reckoned with. They had multiple goal line stops as well as a forced fumble recovery and an interception. Every time Madison Central crossed the line of scrimmage they were met with a swarm of orange jerseys.
The take away from the night was that Douglass is ready to play. Both the offense and defense will come out and hit you in the mouth so be ready.
The first game of the season will be August 18 at 6 pm vs Wayne County. The game will be played at Danville High School as part of the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic. Fans traveling should note Douglass will be on the home sideline for this competition.
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