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2019 FCA East =West All Star Senior Game

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The date and location of this years game is Dec. 14th at Tenn. High at 1.30pm. East will have Hogo teams with Battle, Castlewood,  Richlands, Abingdon and Va High with Northeast Tenn schools such as Science Hill, Tenn High, Cherokee,Davd Crockett  Sullivan South and others. West will have Union, Central, Eastside, Gate City, Lee, Rye Cove , TW, Twin Springs, Ridgeview with Tenn schools such as Greenevile, Elizabethton, Dobyns Bennett, Daniel Boone and others. Coaching East All Stars is Cody Baugh of Cherokee. Coaching West All Stars is Shawn Witten of Elizabethton. We are cheering for Coach Witten this Saturday as they play Springfield for a 4A State Championship at 4pm. Been since 1938 Elizabethton has won a State Championship. All Star Seniors and coaches  will have a banquet Tuesday , Dec. 10th at Abingdon Higher Ed Center. 

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Been at Dobyns Bennett last two nights with Coach Witten and coaches and  FCA-West All Star senior players. Very impressed by how much can get accomplished in a practice with guys from over 20 high schools on the same field. Elizabethon coaches working with Greeneville , Dobyns Bennett and other coaches having as much fun as the players. Seeing Union , Central and Ridgeview players laughing together and having fun after being fierce rivals in the regular season. Seeing other rival schools practice together has been really good. On the Bristol side at Tenn High the East guys are having great practices too. Should be a tremendous game Sat at Bristol. Hope everyone has fun and makes some great memories. Players are already trading helmet stickers and making new friends. This will be the final day of high school football for some really great young men. I'm sure they have made their parents very proud. 

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Nice article in the Bristol Herald about Matt Hardin of Rye Cove being the Defensive MVP in the 2019 FCA East -West All Star Senior Football Game yesterday at Tenn High. West wins 24-17 over East. Hardin from one of the smallest schools in VHSL had a monster of a game. Great to see a player from a small school stand out on a big stage. Watching the Elizabethton guys play was great too. Coach Shawn Witten of Elizabethton had a talented 15-0 state champion team this year. His WR Zach Hartley had nearly a dozen receptions and a TD and was Offensive MVP. All players on both teams played great. Peter Ebert of Cherokee kicked a 49 yard field goal for the East. Very impressive. 

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10 hours ago, BigWinners said:

I talked to people who were there and a couple who played and they said Hardin was all over the field and was balling. Said he looked like the best defender on the field. Buried away in Rye Cove, not many people saw him but apparently he's a monster.

Hardnosed ballplayer who leaves it all on the field.  Played most of the season with a rib injury.  Didnt run the ball  a lot this year because he is such a good blocker, while his younger brother took most of the carries.  On D he was basically schemed around.  I was happy to hear how well he played Saturday.  He is the type who could play for anyone around here on either side of the ball.  A friend from Elizabethton messaged me Saturday night talking about how impressed they were with him, and how their staff would have loved to had him. 

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11 hours ago, BigWinners said:

I talked to people who were there and a couple who played and they said Hardin was all over the field and was balling. Said he looked like the best defender on the field. Buried away in Rye Cove, not many people saw him but apparently he's a monster.

We had to slow him down in practice so we could make it to the game. Think he said he busted two helmets playing this year. Sure hope he gets offers to try out somewhere after high school. He goes full speed , all out . Very coachable too. 

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On 12/15/2019 at 10:44 PM, BigWinners said:

I talked to people who were there and a couple who played and they said Hardin was all over the field and was balling. Said he looked like the best defender on the field. Buried away in Rye Cove, not many people saw him but apparently he's a monster.

Matt is a great kid, and a very hard nosed football player. Love watching him this year play the game he loves.  He never backed down from a challenge, and showed what he was capable of during this All-Star game.  Proud of him for finishing his high school career strong.

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On 12/16/2019 at 10:31 AM, who? said:

So.....should a kid like that being at rye cove should have transferred to a bigger school?

thoughts?

The experience of putting on your hometown colors on Friday Night is worth more than anything else can replace. Years ago you might have needed to go somewhere to get noticed, but now almost any kid with a phone can send highlight videos to any coach. 

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Hes a fine player but hes not D1 so experience vs top level talent isnt that important imo. UVA-W, E&H, UPike, etc all have seen his Hudl film and probably saw him in the allstar game. 

Would he have had a more productive high school career at GC or Union, most definitely but thats got nothing to do with playing for his hometown with the guys he grew up with and thats what really matters.

 

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