Below is the schedule for the 2010 Queen City Jamboree. This annual event is the kickoff to the high school football season in NH. Many of the top programs in the Manchester area compete in the event. It is a good way for fans to see many teams all at one time, and also for the teams to get one last tune-up before the regular season begins.
The QCJ will be held on Friday, August 27 at Gill Stadium in Manchester.
4:30 PM: Salem vs. Goffstown
5:30 PM: Manchester West vs. Souhegan
6:30 PM: Manchester Memorial vs. Trinity
7:30 PM: Manchester Central vs. Timberlane
8:30 PM: Pinkerton vs. Bishop Guertin
There will also be a jamboree for freshmen teams the day before, on August 26. These games will also be held at Gill Stadium.
4 PM: Manchester West vs. Merrimack
5 PM: Nashua North vs. Nashua South
6 PM: Exeter vs. Bishop Guertin
7 PM: Manchester Central vs. Pinkerton
8 PM: Manchester Memorial vs. Salem
I know there probably won't be too many people that go to the freshman games other than parents. But from the hype that I've heard about Trevor Knight, I might just make the drive down to see him play. Knight is an incoming freshman quarterback, and is supposedly a natural and the real deal. He lives in Amherst, but will be attending Nashua South where he'll be able to play for his father Scott who is the head coach of the varsity team. The Purple Panthers have Keith Farkas coming back this year (poised for a BIG senior season) at QB. So one would assume that Knight will play freshman/JV ball this year. Then if he is as good as people say he is he would then be South's starting QB as a sophomore, giving the team 3 years of Farkas + 3 years of Knight = 6 straight years of top notch QB play. August 26 will be his first chance to prove himself at the high school level.
West has a Freshman Team?
One of the big stories last fall at the beginning of the football season was the status of the struggling West program. Despite the fact that they played in Division I, they didn't even have a JV team, ouch! Well apparently West still has a freshman team, since they'll be competing in the freshman jamboree on August 26. Perhaps the program had more kids tryout this year. If so that's good to hear!
Would have liked to see Salem vs. Souhegan instead of Salem/Goffstown and Souhegan/West. We saw both of these matchups last year and Salem and Souhegan won going away. It would be interesting to how Luks and McKenna hold up against a tougher defense...Pinkerton vs. BG should be fun. Last year the Cardinals beat the Astros 35-7 in week 1 of the season. Both teams graduate A LOT of talent though, especially BG. I'll be watching to see how Pinkerton uses Luke Somers. Somers has played RB/TE the past 2 years with Ryan Simpson as the team's QB. But before that Somers always played quarterback. Will he be Pinkerton's starter now that Simpson has graduated? Will he be the team's feature back now that star Eric Guinto has graduated? Or will the team use his blocking / pass catching abilities as a tight end? Only time will tell.