KENTUCKY TOPS ROCKY TOP
The Kentucky high school football all-star team looked smaller than their counterparts from Tennessee but last night they proved the bigger you hard the harder you fall. The Kentucky stars showed their team speed on both sides of the ball gaining 407 total yards while holding the Tennessee stars to 190.
The MVP's for both teams were future SEC running backs but Arliss Beach(UK signee) showed that although Tennessee's MVP came in more heralded, Gerald Riggs (UT signee), he was the man last night. Beach ran for 172 yards on 12 carries and two td's while fellow UK signee Monquantee Gibson had 69 yards rushing on 5 carries helping the Kentucky stars amass 229 net yards rushing.
The Kentucky stars got on the board first when Chet Ervin (UC signee) booted a 50 yard FG. Kentucky then upped it's lead to 17-0 after a 15 yard td pass from John Wesley Monin (Hutchinson Co. College) to Chris Barclay(Wake Forest) and a 5 yd. td run by Gibson. Kentucky's defense dominated the Tennessee in the first half holding them to only 2 first downs. Tennessee was able to close the gap to 17-7 after bad snap on a punt attempt got them great field position with less than two minutes in the half.
Tennessee scored first in the second half to cut it to 17-14, then Arliss Beach took over the game. Beach scampered 69 yards for his first touchdown before scoring again on a 9 yard romp for the final score of 31-14. The two QB's for Kentucky Monin and Josh Duggins certainly did their job in helping KY pass for 178 yard by completing 18 of 23. Maurice Marchiman caught 5 passes for 48 yards and will certainly help the cats after enrolling next January.
The University of Kentucky was represented well last night. On defense Brad Booker, Randy Driver, Paul Webb and walk-on Bobby Agboke made a number of tackles in helping to slow down the Tennessee offense. All looked impressive while Booker had the hit of the night.
Durrell White received the game ball from coach Rick Wood and his team after missing the game because of his injury to his knee. White seemed upbeat about the future even after learning he had tears in both his ACL and MCL. Fellow UK signee Bo Smith was not able to attend the game because of a death or deaths in his family.