FCA All-Star football game on the horizon

Douglas Fritz • Dec 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM

With rosters full of football players from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, the FCA All-Star game will be held next week.

The contest is scheduled for Dec. 15 at Emory & Henry University in Virginia, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

Elizabethton’s Shawn Witten will coach the West team while Virginia High’s Michael Crist will guide the East squad.

Witten said the game provides a unique opportunity for him and the other coaches.

“It’s great to work with student-athletes that you compete against, watch on film, and read about,” Witten said.

Included on Witten’s roster from the Tennessee side are two players from Dobyns-Bennett (Lendon Redwine and Nic Bristol), two from Science Hill (Ryan Miles and Stephen Grant), four from David Crockett (Mark Seidler, Micah Robinson, John Kollie, Doc Coffey) and four from Daniel Boone (Easton Harrell, James Richardson, Isaiah Quaintance, Jeremiah Sullivan).

It’s a December football game after the season is over, but Witten said the competitive juices will kick in.

“The game is both fun and competitive,” he said. “When it gets to the fourth quarter, you definitely want to win.”

Witten’s team will also have four players from Cherokee, two from Sullivan North, two from Happy Valley, and one from Sullivan South.

Southwest Virginia players for the West are from Thomas Walker, Wise Central, Twin Springs, Lee, Rye Cove, Gate City, Ridgeview and Union.

Coaches for Witten’s squad include Cherokee’s Cody Baugh and Crockett’s Hayden Chandley.

As for Crist’s team, it has 35 players from Southwest Virginia along with 15 from the Tennessee side.

The biggest Southwest Virginia representation for the East squad comes from Abingdon (Tyler Thayer, Gabe Boothe, Jake Crosswhite, Sean Canada) and Marion (Dylan Roberts, Austin Thomas, Nick Reese, Easton Medley).

There will also be players from John Battle, Castlewood, Chilhowie, Eastside, George Wythe, Holston, Honaker, Johnson County, Patrick Henry, Richlands, Sullivan East, Unaka, Unicoi County and Virginia High.

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