Parkway Central coach Mark Goldenberg is ready for some football.
“This is what it’s all about,” Goldenberg said .”This is my favorite time of the year.”
Yes, high school football is back. It all begins with jamborees.
If you are curious to get a look at your high school football team before the upcoming season kicks off on either Aug. 30 or 31, you have that opportunity.
Many area schools will take part in jamborees Friday.
In a jamboree, each team will face each of the other opponents. Each squad will have 18 plays on offense and 18 plays on defense. There is no kicking game. The ball is placed on the 40 yard line going in toward the end zone and a team begins.
Parkway Central will host its annual jamboree at 7 p.m. It’s part of Colts’ Red & White night at the school. All the fall sports teams will be recognized before the football begins.
“We tie the jamboree in with our Red & White night,” Goldenberg said. “Every sport is featured. So we’re hoping for a lot of students, parents and teachers as well as people from the community to be on hand for this.”
University City and Timberland are the other teams competing in the jamboree.
“It’s always good to see other people,” Goldenberg said .”These two teams are a great and we’ve been doing this for the last three years with them.”
Plus it’s a good number of teams for the referees.
“Officials prefer to have three teams,” Goldenberg said. “That way they only have to send one crew. We’re locked in with the three teams and that’s fine.”
The Colts have six starters back on offense and four on defense. This year’s varsity squad will be somewhat young.
Practice began Aug. 12. His team is ready for someone different to test themselves against, Goldenbeg said.
“After a full summer of workouts and two weeks of practice against the same people, it’s going to be nice to find out where you are,” Goldenberg said. “For a lot of our kids, it’s their first time experiencing varsity football. It’ll be good for them to see the speed of the game an how it played at that level.
“You can’t really simulate that in practice. It’s different and this will allow us to see that before we play our first game. That’s the best thing a jamboree does — it gives you a taste of playing before the actual games start.”
Goldenberg is pleased with what he’s seen from his Colts so far in practice.
“We’ve been doing a really good job since school started,” Goldenberg said. “It’s nice to get them all in a routine. They’re getting used to the longer day of school and practice and getting into the rhythm of things.”
There are 50 players out this year for the program. That’s up a little, Goldenberg said.
Parkway Central will have just varsity and junior varsity teams. The JV will be freshman with some sophomores. That team will play some games against other school’s freshman or sophomore teams because other area schools are in the same situation. Some games will be against normal JV teams as well.
“Everybody is practicing together on the field for the first time in my career,” Goldenberg said.
Elsewhere, action gets under way at 5 p.m. at two locationas.
Parkway West will begin its ninth year of the Longhorns having a jamboree.
The annual Red & Blue Night for all Parkway West athletes begins at 5 p.m.
The jamboree will feature Parkway West, Fort Zumwalt East, and Westminster Christian Academy.
The Red & Blue Night features all of of Parkway West’s fall sport teams.
Here’s the other time and teams for the other area jamborees.
At Eureka. Teams are Eureka, Marquette, Lindbergh, Webster Groves, Fort Zumwalt West.
At Parkway North. Teams are Parkway North, Hazelwood Central, Riverview Gardens, and Lafayette.
At Duchesne. Teams are Duchesne, Principia, Priory, Duchesne and Wright City.
At St. Charles. Teams are St. Charles, St. Dominic and Orchard Farm.
At Pattonville, Teams are Pattonville, Chaminade, Trinity and Lutheran North.
At Hillsboro. Teams are Hillsboro, MICDS, Farmington and Carnahan Prep.
At Washington. Teams are Washington, Wentzville Liberty, St. Francis Borgia and St. Louis University High.
At Kirkwood. Teams are Kirkwood, Parkway South, Fort Zumwalt North, Troy Buchanan.
At Francis Howell. Teams are Francis Howell, Holt, Ritenour, and Lift for Life.