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September 30, 2014

Football time in Cleburne County

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:05 am | Updated: 9:09 am, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

Both the Cleburne County Tigers and the Ranburne Bulldogs will play football jamborees Friday night, tuning up for their opening games on August 29. Cleburne County will host Woodland and Ranburne will play at Bremen (Ga.). Both games will begin at 7 p.m. Central time.

Ranburne head coach Chad Young said he and his counterpart at Bremen had agreed that the entire first half and part of the second half would be for varsity players. At least one quarter will be reserved for ninth and tenth graders. Young said there will be no live kicking but in other aspects the jamboree would be handled like a regular-season game.

The game at L.E. Bell Field between Cleburne County and Woodland will be like regular-season activity as well.

“We’re going to play as much like a game as possible except our kicking game is going to be modified,” Tigers coach Michael Shortt said Wednesday. “We’re going to line up and kick it. We just won’t cover and block and stuff like that.”

Shortt said he expected to play a significant number of players but felt his starters would need to play a little longer than in previous jamborees because Munford, Cleburne County’s opponent on August 29, will play its season opener Friday rather than a jamboree. The Lions host Clay Central Friday.    

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