Anderson Middle School player selected for Team Kentucky

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By John Herndon

Anderson County Middle School lineman Jonathan Ellis has been selected to play for Team Kentucky in the Football University Youth All-American Bowl. Ellis will be playing on the seventh-grade team, which will report for practice this weekend.

The team opens play against Team Arkansas in Nashville on Saturday, Dec. 7. The other teams playing in Nashville will be Team Tennessee and Team Louisville, made up of players just from the Louisville metro area.

The tournament continues Dec. 14 in Atlanta with the finals to be held in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with the Army All-American Bowl the first week of January.

Ellis was one of six offensive linemen from around the state selected to the team. Players were required to submit highlight videos to start their way through the highly-competitive process. Ellis was selected to the 35-man roster after attending an open tryout in Lexington, according to Team Kentucky coach Jeremy Bass, who is an assistant coach at Nelson County High School. Bass said over 200 young men attended that tryout.

Ellis will have the opportunity to compete with some of Kentucky's best of his age group during the tournament.

“Our seventh-grade Kentucky team is made up of coaches who have been highly successful at the high school and middle school level,” Bass said. “Many played college football.”

Anderson County Middle School assistant coach Paul Mann said Ellis “is very deserving of playing for the Kentucky seventh-grade team. He is the kind of kid who makes coaching worthwhile.

“This year was only Jonathan's third year playing football and my second year coaching him. He has made incredible strides this year alone. He has size and power and surprising quickness off the ball with a very good first three steps. He's learning to get under his opponent's pad level to gain leverage and is doing a very good job of keeping his feet moving.

“Jonathan has a very bright future in all he does.”


Other Mustangs to play in East-West game

Four Anderson County Middle School football players have been selected to play in the annual East-West game, to be held at Kentucky State University on Sunday, Dec. 1. The game attracts players from around the state.

A.J. Castle and Brandon Aldridge have been chosen to play on the seventh-grade East team while Cobe Penny and Bryce Edmondson will play on the eighth-grade East team.

Anderson County coaches Brian Holloman and Shawn Black will be on the eighth-grade East coaching staff.