The 2018 football season starts next week as Bolivar and Pleasant Hope football teams head to jamborees Friday night, Aug. 17. The Liberators head west to Mt. Vernon while the Pirates host theirs.

The Liberators return to Mt. Vernon, for the four-team jamboree. Bolivar draws Neosho in the first session, followed by Class 3 runner-up Mt. Vernon  and McDonald County.

The Mustangs are a new team for the jamboree with Lebanon moving south to Branson for its jamboree tonight.

"(McDonald County) is somebody we don't see," said Bolivar coach Glen Johnson. "It's an opportunity to see somebody different. It's an opportunity to play three different styles of offense and three defenses that are different. That's good to see how the kids respond and get that on film. We're excited to hit somebody else."

Bolivar opens the season Friday, Aug. 24, at Eldon.

PH hosting jamboree

Pleasant Hope plays on its home field against three familiar teams. The Pirates' host jamboree starts with a Week 1 preview against Marionville, then draws Miller and East Newton.

Entry for the jamboree at PH is $4 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens enter for free. No activity passes will be honored at the jamboree.

The Pirates open at home next Friday, hosting Marionville in both teams' Southwest Conference debut.

Jamboree format

Both jamborees start at 7 p.m. with each session lasting about 30 minutes. Teams will have 12 plays on offense and 12 plays on defense, starting at the opposing 40-yard line, working toward the end zone. If a team commits a turnover or fails to gain a first down, the ball returns to the 40. There is no kicking in the jamboree.

SBU football scrimmage Saturday

Southwest Baptist University football will give fans a first look at its 2018 team with the fall scrimmage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Plaster Stadium.

SBU opens the season Saturday, Sept. 1, at FCS-school Houston Baptist College in Texas.

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