DEMAREE: Kentucky All-Stars riding high

The Kentucky High School all-stars start practice on Sunday in preparation for the game on June 17 at Papa John Stadium in Louisville against the Tennessee all-stars. David Buchanan, the Mason County head coach, will coach the Kentucky All-Star's. Kentucky will be trying to extend the recent winning string of success they have been enjoying over the last five years. They have won three straight and four of the last five and observers say they should have won the game they lost.

The Kentucky High School all-stars start practice on Sunday in preparation for the game on June 17 at Papa John Stadium in Louisville against the Tennessee all-stars. David Buchanan, the Mason County head coach, will coach the Kentucky All-Star's.

Kentucky will be trying to extend the recent winning string of success they have been enjoying over the last five years. They have won three straight and four of the last five and observers say they should have won the game they lost. Kentucky squandered a big lead late in the fourth quarter to lose the game.

The administrator of the game, Jimmy Reed, does and excellent job with this summer classic. From the original roster, for various reasons, there are always a few defections. "For the first time, everybody reported," Reed said. "Greg Schwindel will not play due to broken foot. The doctor said he could play but Greg would be risking a re-injury." Schwindel is a UK signee.

There are cynics out there that feel there is some reason why Kentucky is winning now when for so many years they couldn't win. Some say the state of Tennessee is not sending their best to the game. Some say the University of Tennessee has not had very many recruits playing in the game. Some say that due to much success for several years in the series, that interest has waned. As an observer to most of the games, to all those thing reasons, I say fufurah and balderdash!

"I think anytime you compete, you want to win," Buchanan retorted. "They are sending eight from UT to the game. The are and have always sent their best to the game."

Both states lose players because of other obligations – spring sports, injuries and otherwise, Reed said.

On this years Tennessee roster, there are UT, Michigan, Notre Dame signee's, and a quarterback signee going to South Carolina. When checking the recent rosters, you find just as many major Dl signees'.

To the Kentucky improvement Reed said: "I have always felt that the first twenty in Kentucky can compete. It's when you get into the next twenty that there's a drop off because of state population. Spring practice has made a big improvement. We have seven-on-seven summer passing leagues - there is more interest in football by high school kids because of what Hal Mumme did in bringing that offense to the state – and coach's are doing a better job."

Kentucky could always compete in the skill position areas. "We are better in the box now than a few years ago," coach Buchanan elaborated.

Why is the game being played in Papa John rather than in Commonwealth stadium like in the past? "The only reason is that Commonwealth is having their field re-sodded," Reed stated.

"We have two star talents at quarterbacks," Buchanan said, "and I'll be very disappointed if we don't have a good team. "We couldn't be better at quarterback. They are both good leaders and can both throw the football. I'm real excited to coach this team."

Let the show begin!


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