Cougars' trio to play in Border Bowl

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By Dwane Wilder

Three Campbell County High School football players have been invited to play in the National Guard Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl.


Tyler Albright and twin brothers Phillip and Stephen Wells were chosen to represent Tennessee in the all-star game, which will be played Saturday, Jan. 17 at James H. Taylor II Stadium on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $6.

Albright made the all-star team as a running back, while Phillip Wells was selected as a defensive back and Stephen Wells as a receiver.

According to a statement published on the event web site, “The Border Bowl is a non-profit organization established to promote high school football in Kentucky and Tennessee.

“The objective is to provide an all-star game featuring the top players in Kentucky and Tennessee. It also allows high school seniors to gain additional exposure and perhaps earn a scholarship for college.”

Each team’s roster lists over 50 players, many of whom were named to all-district, all-region or all-state teams this past season.

“I think they’ll continue to get better and better players,” said Campbell County’s Dewayne Wells, who helped coach the Tennessee All-Stars during last year’s inaugural Border Bowl.

The event comes on the heels of Toyota’s East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic, which was played on Dec. 13 at Carson-Newman College. That event was televised on WVLT Volunteer TV, the local CBS affiliate in Knoxville.

“Whether this one gets on TV or not remains to be seen,” said Wells.

“But it’s got a lot bigger crowd.”

Last year, the Border Bowl drew 5,500 spectators—twice the seating capacity of James H. Taylor II Stadium—for a game that Tennessee won, 23-13.

This year, the Tennesseans will be coached by Steve Brewer of Sevier County High. His assistants will be Lamar Brown of Morristown West, Ralph Nelson of Sullivan East, Buck Coatney of Fulton, Eddie Courtney of Farragut, Larry Kerr of Anderson County and his son Josh of White County.

In addition to Campbell County’s trio, several local players are on the Tennessee roster. They include: Paul Longmire, Chad Coleman and Zeke Rogers of Anderson County; and Jon Shipley of Cumberland Gap.

Campbell County, Anderson County, Powell and Rhea County were the only Tennessee teams with three players selected to the all-star team.

Kentucky’s coaching staff will be led by Paul Raines of Lexington Christian Academy. Class 4A state champion Bell County had three players named to the Kentucky roster.