GREENWOOD — In their final tune-up before the start of the 2016 football season, Newberry High School was one of four teams to be shut out Friday night at the annual Greenwood High School Jamboree.
After the first two games saw Ninety Six shutting out Ware Shoals in a 14-0 score after 15 minutes, Abbeville defeated McCormick by the same score.
Getting prepared to move back in the AAA ranks for the first time since the 2003 season, Newberry’s Ethan Day kicked off to Emerald, where the Vikings were forced to punt at their 47.
Under the leadership of Tyriq Goodman, the Bulldogs punted on a third and one.
After an Emerald punt, Newberry fumbled at the 38 of Emerald.
The Vikings drove down the field in eight plays, scoring on a six-yard run before the PAT kick with 3:56 left in their contest.
Newberry punted over to Emerald after a three and out, as the Vikings would run out the clock.
The final contest of the evening saw Byrnes shutting out the host Eagles, 21-0.
Friday, Newberry will travel to Bolden Stadium in Columbia to play Keenan to open their season.
A win would give Newberry head coach Phil Strickland his 300th career victory, an honor shared by only four other high school coaches in state history.