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Prep football teams descend on Grand Island for Jamboree

Sixteen football teams from across Nebraska come to Grand Island for Northwest’s annual Jamboree
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:58 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It is eight weeks until High School football teams can begin practicing across the state. However, in Grand Island the sights and sounds of football could be seen the last couple days.

Sixteen teams and over 900 kids came to Northwest and Grand Island Senior High’s practice fields for Coach Kevin Stein’s annual Jamboree.

“You know if a team wants to scrimmage for two hours, they can scrimmage for two hours,” Stein said. “If they want to go one-on-one for two hours. If they want to go sit underneath the shade, it doesn’t matter.”

Coaches did not choose the latter as you could hear some from Highway 281. Kids met on the line of scrimmage with the joy of a big play following soon after.

“Players to be able to become more physical, get physical and get a lot of bumps and bruises,” Stein said. “Get healed up so they’re ready to go get healed up and go win games this fall.”

The goal in June is simple: get better and make sure the younger guys are doing the same thing.

“You know when I came in, I looked up to all those guys, Carter Terry, Rans [Sanders], Grady [Griess],” Northwest senior quarterback Sam Hartman said. “I just try to do the same thing they did for me. Help them along the way if they have any questions, I’ll let them know.”

The Jamboree is over before you heard it started and Stein would not have it any other way.

“These guys they play basketball. They play soccer. They play baseball. That eats up guy’s time.” Stein said. “So, let’s get in. Let’s be efficient. Let’s get our work done. Let’s go home.”

Prep teams can start practicing on Aug. 9th with Week Zero kicking off on Aug. 20th.

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