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Jamboree a learning experience for Corinth Holders

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BUNN — The Corinth Holders football team learned a lot about itself in its first scrimmage — a four-team jamboree hosted by Bunn High School on Saturday.

Working against the host Vance County High and against Rocky Mount High, the young Pirates had a chance to see a little bit of everything on the offensive and defensive ends. This proved valuable for an inexperienced program that will rely heavily on its youth in 2019.

“I think for a lot of them that haven’t been in a varsity game before, it was an opportunity to see what varsity competition looks like and see a bunch of schemes and fronts,” head coach Adam Khavari said in a phone call Monday.

On the defensive side, Khavari’s team defended against two Wing-T offenses in Rocky Mount and Bunn, matching the schemes of two teams the Pirates will face in the upcoming season. Khavari said this pushed his team work toward “matching their physicality.”

To contrast that, Vance County ran a shifty spread offense that made the defense adjust to a pass-heavy offense and defend against a “very good” Vipers quarterback.

“That was a challenge and I thought they held up well,” Khavari said.

On offense, the team learned from seeing changing fronts, particularly from Bunn and Vance, that aimed to force the unit into a state of “confusion.” In particular, this tested the progress of the offensive line, a unit that will be crucial this season.

“That’s one of our youngest groups,” Khavari said. “We only have one senior there and most of the guys there haven’t played varsity. The progress we’ve seen from them has been incredible.”

The offensive line has one returning veteran in senior center Jeffrey Palmer, and will have two sophomores expected to start up front in their first season on varsity. With that youth, Khavari expects the group to continue to learn.

Khavari noted that his team still has plenty of work left to do before the first game against Raleigh Millbrook on Aug. 23. But Saturday wasn’t a bad way to start the season.

 “For our first scrimmage, I thought we did well,” Khavari said. “I was glad they played with enthusiasm and excitement.”