Cantrell selected to play in All Star game
By Sparta Live | December 2, 2013 12:00 am
Even though the season ended for the White County High School football team a few weeks ago, one Warrior senior will get the chance to prolong his high school career for one game next week.
Hunter Cantrell has been selected to play in the seventh annual Toyota East/West All Star Classic. The game will be played Friday, December 13th at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.
Players, all seniors, were nominated by their coaches and selected by the All Star coaching staffs to play in the game. Eighty-eight players and more than a dozen coaches will represent large and small high schools, both public and private.
East Hamilton’s Ted Gatewood will serve as the head coach of the East and Jeff Porter of White House will coach the West.
The event is coordinated by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association. This will be the second year it will be played at TTU after being hosted by Carson Newman for the first five events.
Cantrell was selected for the team both as a punter and at tight end. The Warrior senior punted 34 times with an average of 40.6 yards per kick. His long was 57 yards and eight different times he pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line. He also played defensive end and tight end for the Warriors.
Of his selection, Cantrell commented, “It’s a great honor to be selected to play with such great athletes. I have been very blessed to have the ability and the coaches, family and friends to support me in everything I have done throughout my high school career. I’d like to thank the coaches for pushing me and making me the athlete I am today. All glory goes to the Lord for giving me my abilities and health to be able to play this great game.”
Cantrell was a preseason Class 5A All State selection and was named District 6AAA’s Most Outstanding punter this season.
Cantrell and Upperman’s Cody York are the lone two players from the Upper Cumberland chosen to play in the game and both will be representing the East.
All participants in the event will arrive in Cookeville on Tuesday of game week and have two-a-day practices on Wednesday and Thursday.
For the first time, this year players will also participate in a football combine. Officials from Elite Athletic Events will monitor the players in multiple training stations that include bench press, vertical leap and 40-yard dash, as well as various other agility drills.”
Kick off for the game is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, December 13th.