By: Lee Ramsey
Five players have been chosen from Sevier County to play in the Tennessee and Kentucky football All-Star game.
Seymour Eagles linebacker Keegan Newport, tackle Nick Smith and kicker Stephen Martin will join quarterback Zack Flynn and receiver Bryce Whaley of the Sevier County Smoky Bears.
All five players selected were selected All District and All County.
Smith of Seymour was honored at the end of the football season as the Sevier County defensive player of the year while Flynn was Most Valuable Player.
At defensive tackle, Nick Smith made it hard for teams to make much up the middle. “Solid in the middle” was an understatement with 111 tackles including 16 for minus yards and seven sacks on the season.
Another Eagle contributor on defense was Senior Keegan Newport who had 101 tackles at his linebacker position with nine tackles for minus yards and six sacks.
Tennessee’s kicker will be Stephen Martin of the Seymour Eagles.
Martin was the kicker and punter for Seymour this past season. He hit 6 of 9 field goals with the longest at 60 yards. Seventeen percent of his kickoffs went into the end zone.
Seymour head Coach Jim Moore will serve as an assistant coach on the Tennessee team.
The Border Bowl will be played Saturday, January 16 at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
The Tennessee All-Stars won the inaugural game in 2008 while Kentucky took last year’s game.
The Border Bowl is a non-profit organization established to promote high school football in the state of Kentucky and Tennessee. This game allows players to have the opportunity to play, practice and battle it out for the rights to the border. It also allows players to have the opportunity to gain additional exposure and perhaps earns a scholarship for college. Each player must be nominated by their coach. All player profiles are reviewed by a panel of coaches from their home state to field the best possible team.
Last year’s 2009 game was the first to be televised. This week’s game will also be televised.
Border Bowl has Seymour – Sevier County Flavor
By: Lee Ramsey