Four head to All-State game

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By John Shindlebower

Football has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition, but for four local middle school boys, the tradition won’t have anything to do with sitting on the couch watching the after-meal contest, but will involve strapping on the helmet and hitting the field for the inaugural Kentucky Middle School Football Association’s East Vs. West All-State Football Classic to be held in Frankfort.

Trenton Bryant, Michael Fowler, Cody Nevitt and Tyler Elderidge will arrive at the Kentucky State University campus on Friday, practice for two days, attend a banquet with special speakers, and then play Sunday afternoon. They will be among 100 8th grade players from across the state, all of whom were nominated by their coaches.

Spencer County Middle School Coach J.T. Bass said the event is an opportunity, first and foremost, to have fun and offers the boys one last chance to compete at the middle school level before heading up to high school.

It’s also an opportunity for them to spend time with coaches who will specifically be coaching one position, giving them more individual instruction and hopefully, improving their game.

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to represent Spencer County,” said Bryant, 13, who will play defensive cornerback. “I can’t wait to get there.”

Michael Fowler, 13, a strong safety, said learning from different coaches can help develop him as a player. He said his passion for football is strong. “I think it’s all of our lives. That’s all we do. We sleep, eat and get ready for football.”

Nevitt, 13, an offensive end, likes the contact. “You get to hit people and it’s just fun,” he said. He said it was cool learning he had been selected for the event.

Elderidge, 14, an offensive guard, said he might be a little nervous at first, but said anytime he gets to play football is a “rush.”

He said he hopes to play football in college one day, and being nominated for such an event “gets our names out there.”

Kickoff for the game on Sunday will be at 2 p.m. at the university’s football stadium.