Football season is upon Sedalia.
Preseason football, that is. Smith-Cotton hosted Eldon, Mexico and Osage at Tiger Stadium at Jennie Jayne Activities Complex for a football jamboree Friday in Sedalia.
Jaden Kendrick took reps at quarterback for Smith-Cotton. Head coach Ryan Boyer said the junior made good decisions.
“There’s a couple things that he and I talked about, where he kind of got out of focus,” Boyer said. “But overall, he did a good job of leading and getting everyone set and going.”
For a second season, the Tigers hosted the four-team jamboree at home. Smith-Cotton previously traveled to Osage for a three-team preseason scrimmage with Mexico.
“We like to see different styles,” Boyer said. “Mexico, they really like triple-option, and we’ll see that later in the year.”
While Boyer described the jamboree as “glorified practice,” live competition provided surprises for the coaching staff. Boyer said sophomore Brandon Neal played effectively on both sides of the ball.
“We had a couple guys that stepped up and performed very well,” Boyer said. “Brandon Neal, he’s one that I noticed flying around defensively. Those guys, we tell them, whether you’re first string, second or third, we’re going to use you and we need you.”
Smith-Cotton opens its season at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in Moberly. Boyer said limiting penalties and improving fundamentals are points of emphasis at practice next week.
“We’ll talk to our seniors, and I think they’ll get that cleaned up,” Boyer said.