Camaraderie and competition.
That was the best part of the week for three Campbell County High School football players who played Saturday afternoon in the National Guard Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl.
Tyler Albright and brothers Phillip and Stephen Wells got in on several snaps for the Tennessee team. The Wells twins saw action on both sides of the ball while Albright primarily played in the offensive backfield for a team blessed with great running backs.
Tennessee lost a close game, 26-20, but that didn’t matter to the local boys, who just enjoyed the experience of being involved in an all-star event.
“It was a great experience to play with a lot of the best players in the region,” said Stephen Wells.
“There’s no doubt that we’d win state if that were (Campbell County’s) team.”
Stephen Wells caught a pass while playing receiver and made a tackle while playing defensive back.
His brother said what he will remember most is the interaction between teammates throughout the week of practice leading up to the big game.
“It was good to have a chance to play in the game, but the relationships formed during the week were the best part of it,” said Phillip Wells, who was credited with four tackles against Kentucky.
Albright — who rushed for 1,154 yards and scored 16 touchdowns last season for Campbell County — did more blocking than running for the Tennessee team, but it didn’t seem to bother him. He finished with four yards on two carries. His favorite part of the week was meeting new people.