Football all-stars in Bowling Green

There’s a fair amount of local flavor in the East vs. West All-Star Football Game, which moves to Bowling Green for tonight’s game after a forgettable game in Louisville last year.

Eight players and three coaches from Advocate-area schools, including East head coach Larry French of Boyle County, will play in the game, which was re-established last year after the Kentucky-Tennessee all-star series was discontinued. Four of the players were added to the roster as replacements for those who were initially selected but chose not to play or are unable to play.

Full rosters can be found here, but here’s the full list of local stars (x-injured and unable to play; y-replacement player added to roster):

  • East players: x-Jordan Aumiller, TE-S, Boyle County; y-Trey Edwards, S, Lincoln County; y-Tyler Horn, S, Mercer County; Bret Marshall, WR, Boyle County; y-Philip Mason, QB, Boyle County; Ben Sloan, LB, Boyle County; Daniel Wiechart, OT, Boyle County; y-Jordan Yeast, LB, Mercer County.
  • East coaches: Larry French, head coach, Boyle County; Jeff Hester, assistant coach, Boyle County; John Hodge, assistant coach, Boyle County.
  • West player: Evan Hester, DE, Danville.

It remains to be seen whether the game can draw a crowd in its new home. The game clearly doesn’t carry the same panache as the Kentucky-Tennessee games, but organizers are surely hoping there’s more interest than there was last year in Louisville, when a rainy night and a $15 admission charge limited the crowd to about 300.

Tickets were cut to $10 for this year’s game. And if you aren’t bound for Bowling Green but still want to follow the action, Hopkinsville radio station WHVO-AM is broadcasting the game and streaming it online.

And if, like me, you’re wondering why Danville’s lone all-star will play for the West while the Boyle stars — whose school is west of Danville — will play for the East, it’s because the teams are divided by districts within the KHSAA football alignment. Players from schools in districts 1-4 play for the West, those from districts 5-8 with the East.

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