By Tamas Mondovics

As a continuation of the regular season, teams across Florida came together last month to measure their strength during the 2013 spring football jamboree.

Local teams were divided up into groups of four, or in some cases two, to participate in two quarters along with some additional adjustments to the official regular season rules.

For the first time in two years, the Bloomingdale Bulls and the Brandon Eagles got the chance to measure up its strength and skill against each other.

The Eagles claimed the night’s opening score after Lineman Darren Lester picked off a pass by Bulls quarterback Tommy McLaughlin, returning it 51 yards to give Brandon a 6-0 lead, which was quickly followed by another Brandon TD widening the gap to 13-0.

Ending the game tied at 13, Bloomingdale was able to overcome its 13-point deficit led by McLaughlin, who completed 11 of 16 for 160 yards, scoring his team’s first touchdown on a 10-yard run.

Agreeing with his peers, and pleased with his team’s performance, Bloomingdale head coach John Booth summed up the event by commenting on what the jamboree means for the program.

“This event is a great way to measure up our skills against teams we haven’t played in a while,” Booth said.

The night also saw a performance by Armwood who welcomed Strawberry Crest, Durant and Plant City. Scores: Plant City 23, Durant 0; Armwood 34, Strawberry Crest 0.

Raiders DB Sawyer Dawson had a chance to show off some talent by scoring on a 73-yard interception return. Dawson also had a hand in Patrick Colleran’s touchdown.

Armwood featured Jordan Griffin, Aaron Covington each with interceptions, resulting in a touchdown.  Byron Cowart and Hawks junior quarterback Noah Johnson, who totaled more than 200 yards including an 18-yard TD pass to Austin Gallon, confirmed Armwood’s continued presence in the region.

Lennard High School also served as jamboree host, welcoming Riverview, Spoto and East Bay to the Longhorn Stadium. Scores: East Bay 20, Spoto 0; Lennard 16, Riverview 7.

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