While the center of Tennessee’s high school football universe will be on Cookeville for this weekend’s BlueCross Bowl, lots of other football happenings, many involving Wilson County individuals, are or will be unfolding.
Former Tennessee Vol cornerback Inquoris [Inky] Johnson will be the guest speaker for Wilson County Athletes Day at Sweet Savour Community Church on Dec. 15.
The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the church located at 210 Alligood Way. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, according to Shavez Jobe, Watertown High’s SRO who is organizing the event.
Johnson suffered life threatening nerve damage in his shoulder while making a tackle against Air Force in a 2006 game, ending his career. Another UT defensive back, current Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowler Eric Berry, wears No. 29 in Johnson’s honor.
Johnson, an Atlanta resident, has since become a motivational speaker.
“We’re trying to keep our kids going in the right direction,” Jobe said. “It’s not only for athletes, it’s for youth, period.”
Watertown quarterback has six offers
Jobe, who played for Lebanon High School, Cumberland University and took a stab at arena football, has several oars in the water. In addition to Johnson’s visit, he’s also busy with the college recruitment of his quarterback son, Ty.
The double-threat two-sport Watertown star has offers from Navy, Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech among four-year schools as an athlete and junior colleges New Mexico Military, Scottsdale [Ariz.] and Northeast Mississippi as a quarterback. Shavez Jobe said his son’s grades and test scores are good enough that if Ty chooses the juco route, it might be for one season only before transferring to a four-year school for the spring semester of his freshman year.
In addition to the schools who have offered, Ty Jobe has visits scheduled for Campbell [an FCS school in North Carolina] and UT-Martin. He’s trying to work the recruitment around the Purple Tigers’ basketball schedule, which has a lot of Saturday games scheduled this month.
“It’s still early in the game,” Shavez Jobe said.
Friendship lineman Wood also on recruiting tour
Also working recruiting around basketball is Friendship Christian offensive tackle/defensive end Andrew Wood.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior has offers from Vanderbilt, Duke, Syracuse [where Commander quarterback A.J. Long will soon enroll] and Navy with interest from Tennessee and Auburn.
Coach John McNeal took a phone call from Duke coach David Cutcliffe just as the Mr. Football awards ceremony was beginning Monday, asking him to bring Wood to the Durham, N.C., campus Dec. 15 when the Blue Devils begin bowl preparations.
Wood, projected to play offense in college, had previously been invited to watch Duke play in the Atlantic Coach Conference championship game this weekend, but he already had plans to attend the Army-Navy game.
Service academy schools would not be new to the family as big brother Kyle is a sophomore linebacker at the Coast Guard Academy.
McNeal said Andrew Wood should have been a Mr. Football Lineman finalist this year and expects him to be one in 2014.
Locals to participate in All-Star Classic
While no Wilson County teams are playing for state championships at Tennessee Tech this weekend, some locals will descend on Tucker Stadium next week.
Wilson Central defensive end Preston Reed will join Mt. Juliet tight end Michael Khoury and receiver Ahmad Bradley for the seventh annual Toyota East/West All-Star Classic to be played next Friday night, Dec. 13.
The trio will play for the West squad, coached by White House’s Jeff Porter and assisted by Mt. Juliet’s Trey Perry.
Former Blue Devil going for Kentucky championship
The fifth winningest coach in Kentucky high school football history as of a year ago, Sam Harp, just finished his first season as Lebanon’s head coach.
Ironically, it’s a once-a-Blue Devil, always-a-Blue Devil who will be coaching for a Kentucky championship Friday night.
Larry Mofield will lead his Meade County Greenwaves into Friday’s Class 6A championship game against Scott County at Western Kentucky’s L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. Meade County is located in Brandenbug, along the banks of the Ohio River just west of Fort Knox.
Mofield was a sophomore tight end on Lebanon’s first playoff team in 1982 before moving into the offensive line and nose guard as a junior and senior before graduating in ’85.
He’s been at Meade County since graduating from Middle Tennessee State some 24 years ago. He became head coach 10 years ago.
While Mofield would undoubtedly be happy with his first state championship, he would still be a ways behind Harp, who left the Bluegrass State with seven titles.
Not everything football-related will be on the high school, college or even pro level this weekend.
Youth football tournament at Tribble Field this weekend
Lebanon’s current stadium, Clifton Tribble Field/Danny Watkins Stadium, will be the site of an FBU national championship tournament this weekend.
Sixteen games will be played Saturday and Sunday involving teams of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to determine who will advance to the nationals in San Antonio, Texas.
Weekend passes for $10 will cover all 16 games.