Several Chattanooga area football players will take place in the annual East-West game.
Those on the East squad include Madox Wilkey of Red Bank, Jeffrey Watkins, Dallas Brown and Jacob Brigman of Notre Dame, Griffin Broome of Walker Valley, Cade Meeks of East Hamilton, Robert Flowers of Cleveland, Christian Benoit and Chase Sanders of Ooltewah, Aaron Swafford of Meigs County and Noah Martin of Baylor.
Charles Fant of Notre Dame is the coach. Drew Akins of Walker Valley is one of the assistant coaches.
Officials said 88 of Tennessee’s top senior football players have been selected to play in this year’s Tennessee East-West All-Star Classic.
It is scheduled to be played at Austin Peay State University on Dec. 13.
“We’re very excited for the players and coaches who have accepted an invitation to be a part of Tennessee’s premier all-star event,” stated Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association Executive Director Bill Marbet. “This year, more players than ever have already committed to continue their education by playing football at numerous Power 5 Conference schools. Our list of player commitments is very impressive.
“Not only does this game showcase much of Tennessee’s high school football talent, it also gives a number of other players an opportunity to show colleges coaches from smaller division schools that they are worthy of consideration for scholarship offers. In previous years, we’ve had college coaches from more than two-dozen colleges attend our practice sessions. As a result, additional players in the game who did not already have college scholarship offers before the event walked away from All-Star Week with a firm offer to continue playing football at the next level.”
Four practice sessions, a half-day at famed Fort Campbell, home of the famed 101st Airborne Division, and walk-through sessions the day of the game help make up the agenda for those involved in the game.
Marbet was also very complimentary for those in Clarksville who make All-Star Week such a memorable event. “All of us involved in staging this event are most appreciative of the support that people at Austin Peay, Visit Clarksville and Ft. Campbell have shown us. The memories our players and coaches take away from this game will last a lifetime.”
Kickoff for the game is set for 7 o’clock at Fortera Stadium. Area high school football players who are wearing their high school jersey and are accompanied by one of their coaches will be admitted free to the game.