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Anderson County football player Ross Cox has been selected to play in the annual National Guard Border Bowl football game, to be held at the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday, Jan. 11. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.
Cox will be a member of the Kentucky squad that will meet the Tennessee all-stars. Kentucky will be coached by Owensboro's Joe Prince with some of the state's top high school coaches, including Scott County's Jim McKee and Conner's David Trosper, on the staff. Tennessee will be led by Anderson County (located in Clinton, near Knoxville) coach David Gillum.
Cox was to leave for the game on Tuesday. “I hope to represent the community and the school as best I can,” he said in a Facebook message, “while also showing the scouts that will be down there that I can play with the best in Kentucky and Tennessee.”
Some of Cox's opponents during the season will also be on the Kentucky team. Collins running back Dre Farris and linebacker Masai Whyte, both headed for Western Kentucky, are listed on the game roster. Pulaski County receiver Aaron Smith and defensive lineman Will Mobley are also on the team.
Others on the Kentucky team include Scott County receiver Scott Daniel, Henry Clay receiver Elijah Bell and Paducah Tilghman defensive end Derik Overstreet, all all-state selections.
According to the game website, the game is run by “a non-profit organization established to promote high school football in Kentucky and Tennessee. The objective is to provide an All-Star Game featuring the top players in Kentucky and Tennessee.
“This game allows players to have the opportunity to play, practice, and battle it out for the rights to the border. It also allows high school seniors an opportunity to gain additional exposure and, perhaps, earn a scholarship for college. Each player must be nominated by his coach. All player profiles are reviewed by a panel of coaches from their home state to field the best possible team.”
Although he is not a member of the official game committee, Anderson County resident Freddie Maggard, a former University of Kentucky quarterback, is close to the Border Bowl. As Community Relations Liaison for the Kentucky National Guard, the game's prime sponsor, Maggard has taken a keen interest since the game started.
"Many players have earned scholarships over the years,” Maggard says. “Playing a minor role in continuing educations and developing future leaders is a humbling and gratifying role. The National Guard Border Bowl has alumni playing at Harvard, in BCS games, and in colleges and universities across America."
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