GARNER — The seven teams in Thursday's Highway 70 Pigskin Jamboree left Trojan Stadium with pretty much what they wanted. That being, an indication of how they will fare against teams in different colored jerseys and early answers to the questions they have been pondering all summer long.
Six Triangle-area squads -- including four from the 4-A Greater Neuse River Conference -- and state power Richmond County participated.
GNRC schools Clayton and West Johnston flip-flopped in action with Middle Creek and Richmond County during the first portion of the scrimmage.
"Once we got the guys settled down after the first series, we did alright," said Clayton coach Gary Fowler. "Like any first scrimmage, we had some kids step up and some kids who struggled a little bit. But we saw two good teams.
"I thought Daiquan (Thomasson) played well for his first time at quarterback."
Thomasson threw two touchdown passes to Gary Richardson during the course of the night.
Middle Creek broke in its young offensive line well, moving the ball at times against both West Johnston and Clayton. Rashawn King, who missed last season while battling cancer, turned a short screen pass into a scoring play against West Johnston.
"We got to compete a little bit," said Middle Creek coach Sean Crocker. "And see our young quarterbacks and young offensive line work. I thought the young guys up front did a good job tonight, for their first time out."
Richmond County had trouble with turnovers against Clayton, but looked much better against West Johnston.
West Johnston had one of the night's few injury concerns. Darius Williams suffered a leg injury on the first play against Middle Creek. West Johnston coach Randy Ragland hopes the injury is just a thigh bruise and not a knee injury.
West Johnston was glad to have Kameron Knight, who missed the entire 2010 season with an injury, back in the lineup.
Southeast Raleigh, Cary and event-host Garner put on a competitive two-hour scrimmage which featured big plays from all three teams. Southeast Raleigh quarterback David Washington connected on several long downfield passes for scores. Garner was able to get some work in for new quarterback Vincent Jefferies, while mixing in some work out of the "Wildcat" formation with Juwan Moye taking snaps.