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Evans named MVP of Border Bowl

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By Dwane Wilder

 Keenan Evans capped a memorable high school football career with an MVP performance Saturday in the 4th annual National Guard Border Bowl at the University of the Cumberlands.

The Campbell County High School senior defensive tackle earned three awards after dominating the line of scrimmage for Team Tennessee during a 28-18 victory over Team Kentucky.

Evans made 5 tackles, including two for minus yardage and a quarterback sack, while battling a pair of behemoth offensive linemen that have already committed to play football for the University of Kentucky.

“It was a great honor to represent the state of Tennessee in this game,” said Evans.

“Starting off, I was a little nervous going against (Darrian Miller, 6-6, 275 lbs., from Bryan Station). 

“But then I got Border Bowl Player of the Game, Tennessee Player of the Game and All-Border Team.”

Evans, a 2-time lineman of the year in District 3, is leaning toward playing for UC next season.

“I got to talk to (Patriots) Coach (John) Bland (during the Border Bowl). I go for a visit again next week,” said Evans.

It was the second all-star game appearance for Evans, who started on the defensive line for the East All-Stars in the Toyota East vs. West Tennessee Classic played a couple of weeks before Christmas at Carson-Newman College.

“Keenan is really a good kid and a good ball player,” said Seymour head coach Jim Moore, who was position coach for Evans during both all-star games.

“He did exceptionally well against the bigger schools and the big players. He’s so quick and explosive off the ball. His biggest assets are his quickness and balance.”

Moore said when rosters were being filled for the East vs. West Classic and Border Bowl games, he remembered Evans after his Seymour team had scrimmaged Campbell County a couple of times over the past two years.

“When I had an opportunity to pick somebody, I immediately thought of Keenan,” said Moore.

“I didn’t have his name, but he made an obvious impression on me. So I called Coach (Dewayne) Wells and told him I wanted Keenan to play for me.”