Evans gets starting nod for the East All-Stars

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School senior lineman Keenan Evans turned a few heads Saturday afternoon during the 4th annual Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic at Carson-Newman College.
Evans, who started on defense for the East, didn’t let the opportunity go to waste. He was in on several key plays including a first-half sack of West team quarterback Jake Overby from the University School of Jackson.
“Keenan was super,” said Seymour head football coach Jim Moore, who coached the defensive linemen for the East team.
“He was so quick, and he’s got those explosive moves. The kids talked all week about him, his explosion and his quickness.”
Evans, who was recently named District 3-5A lineman of the year, played more the half the game and hopes the exposure will grab the attention of college coaches. NCAA Division II schools Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum have shown interest, as has the University of the Cumberlands.
Moore was certainly impressed after watching Evans go up against 6-foot-3, 305-lb. guard Marty Bottom of Trousdale County
“You’re (watching him) getting ready to get set and take on the bull, but instead you’ve got the Tasmanian devil running all over the place,” said Moore.
With Evans wreaking havoc in the trenches, the East All-Stars took advantage of six West turnovers while defeating the West All-Stars, 26-9, to even the series at 2-2.
Evans was just happy to be able the share the field with so many great players and make a difference for his team.
“It’s a great honor to play and represent Campbell County, Coach (Dewayne) Wells and my family,”  said Evans.
“It’s been a great experience meeting new guys and playing for a new coach.”
Evans said most colleges are interested in him as a defensive player but that coaches at the University of the Cumberlands said he might be able to play on the offensive line for their team. He was part of an East defensive front that held the West offense to a net minus 1-yard rushing.
Most Valuable Players of the All-Star Classic were (East offense) Quinn Epperly, CAK quarterback; (East defense) Austin Tallant, Alcoa cornerback;  (West offense) Josh Pleasant, Brentwood Academy and (West defense) Christian Coleman, Milan defensive end.
Buddy Mitchell, a cornerback from Murfreesboro Oakdale, returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown to punctuate the East team’s victory.
Over 2.600 fans attended the All-Star Classic, which is organized by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association.