Madras football joins Friday jamboree at Ridgeview HS in Redmond
Following the cancelation of the football jamboree at Madras High School this Friday, the White Buffalos will now be heading south to Redmond for their season-opening competition. The original event at MHS was canceled due to issues within the program of one of the other participating schools.
The White Buffalos' new jamboree will be hosted by Ridgeview High School, located at 4555 SW Elkhorn Ave., in Redmond. Games begin on Friday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m. The varsity and junior varsity games will take place on the main varsity field at Ridgeview HS. The cost of admission for the event is $10 per family or $5 per individual.
Due to Oregon's outdoor mask mandate, scheduled to go into effect on Friday morning, spectators should expect to be required to wear masks while attending the jamboree unless they meet requirements to be exempted from the rule. The new mask mandate specifically exempts athletes from wearing masks while "playing or practicing competitive sports;" however, the rule will apply to coaches and fans.
The jamboree is a preseason football event that will not count toward the teams' official standings for the fall season. Instead, the event consists of numerous short "games," during which each team will get 18 offensive plays. Each team will play against two different opponents, meaning every team will get 36 snaps in total during the jamboree. The varsity, junior varsity and freshman squads from each school are treated as separate teams, meaning each will get its own set of 36 plays.
Outside of MHS, the rest of the jamboree field will mostly include schools from Central Oregon. In addition to Madras and hosts Ridgeview, the event will feature teams from Summit and Caldera high schools -- both located in Bend -- as well as Crook County and La Pine. Caldera is a new 6A school, and the Ridgeview Jamboree will be the first time the Wolfpack take the field against other competition. The seventh and final school in the jamboree is Mazama, which is located in Klamath Falls, roughly three hours south of Redmond.
Both the varsity and JV teams from Madras will be playing in the event, and the White Buffalos will be wearing white jerseys. MHS will not be fielding a separate freshman team this season, so first-year Buffs will be playing with the junior varsity team.
Madras' JV team will play first, with their opening game coming against La Pine at 4:10 p.m., followed by a 4:50 p.m. date with Crook County. As for the Buffs' varsity team, head coach Kurt Taylor and his team take the field at 6:10 p.m. for their own showdown with La Pine, followed by a meeting with Ridgeview on their home turf at 6:50 p.m. to close things out.
The jamboree will serve as a warm-up for Madras football as they prepare for their first official game of the fall season, a non-league home matchup with Corbett on Friday, Sept. 3.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.