By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County senior Boston Bryant joined high school football players across the Commonwealth and across the nation this week, signing his national letter of intent to play football at the collegiate level on Thursday.
The next time Bryant puts on a football uniform, it will be for the Wofford University Terriers, where he said he expects to play defensive end and could see playing time as early as his freshman year.
Bryant said ever since his first memories of playing football as a youngster, playing football at the collegiate level has always been his goal.
“My earliest memories were as a little kid at Poplar Creek Elementary hanging out on the football field with my dad,” Bryant said. “It’s always been one of my goals to play college football and something I’ve worked really hard for.
“I owe everything to my dad and my coaches, Coach Black and all of our coaches have made me the man I am today and I couldn’t be doing this today without all of them,” he added.
Bryant’s impact on the Whitley County football program is one that will be felt for years to come, especially in the record books.
He was a four-year starter for the Colonels and shined on both sides of the football.
This season Bryant recorded 105 tackles at linebacker and ran for 859 yards with 12 touchdowns at fullback to earn honorable mention All-State honors.
During his junior season, he had 145 tackles on defense, while rushing for 1,512 yards and 12 touchdowns as he was named second team All-State.
He also holds school records for tackles in a game with 28, tackles in a season with 208 as a sophomore, and tackles in a career with 580.
Whitley County head coach Jim Black said Bryant is one of those players will be sorely missed on and off the field and added that replacing him was probably not an option.
“We’re very proud of Boston for what he’s done here and something that sticks out to me is his work ethic,” Black said. “He’s one of those kids that was always there whether it was practice or anything else we were doing, and not only was there, but when he was there he was always working extremely hard.
“I really don’t want to think about having to replace him right now,” Black admitted. “To be honest, he’s the kind of kid where the only way you’re going to replace him is if another Boston Bryant comes walking in the door and that doesn’t happen that often.”
As for Bryant’s decision, he said he had several offers on the table, but the school’s relationship with Wofford helped to sway his decision in the long run.
“I was also looking at Eastern and Western Kentucky, but we’ve went to Wofford for our camp for the last few years and I really liked the coaches,” Bryant said. “I always got along with the coaches really well, so when I looked at their academics also it was a pretty easy decision for me.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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