Matt Boston, the talented Glasgow High School senior offensive lineman, is used to playing against some very good competition. During his career with the Scotties, Glasgow was traditionally a contender for regional and state titles.
But Boston, 6-2, 270 pounds, is having to take his game up a level this week as he prepares to play in Saturday’s National Guard Border Bowl Game at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. Kickoff is set for 11:35 a.m. CT.
“When you have practice during the regular season, you go against the scout team, the underclassmen. Out here, even in practice it is like a game because everyone is trying to earn a spot,” said Boston, who joined his Kentucky all-star team members in Williamsburg Wednesday. “You actually play a game every time you go live against the defense.
“It is fun, but it is a whole lot different than playing in the regular season. You have to give 110 percent no matter if you’re just doing a footwork drill or playing a game.”
The Border Bowl is a non-profit organization established to promote high school football in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Border Bowl is scheduled to be aired on FOX Sports South.
Boston is expected to play center and handle the long-snapping duties for field goals and extra points. So far, Boston said the practices have gone well.
“We’ve had good practices so far. They’re not too hard on us yet because they realize we’re learning a new offense and they realize what kind of kids we’re going up against,” Boston explained. “Yesterday it snowed so much the field was like concrete, it was frozen. Today, where it melted out, it’s like mud. So we’ve had slick fields since we’ve been up here, you can’t really plan anything.”
Boston capped his high school career this past season by helping the Scotties to a 10-2 mark and another trip to the playoffs. Playing for Glasgow coach Rick Wood, Boston said, as benefitted him by helping him pick up offenses used in the all-star games.
“It has benefitted me to play for Rick Wood. Since we got beat by DeSales, he’s been on me non-stop about snapping, lifting, running at school every day over the break,” Boston said. “Coach Wood’s offense is basically what we run down here. I’ve run all this stuff, it is just by a different name. I just have to recognize it when it’s called.”
The Border Bowl annually draws attention from college coaches around the state. And for Boston, that could be important as he has not declared where he will play college football yet. He’s really not in a hurry to do so.
“I am going to wait out as long as I can,” Boston said. “I haven’t made up my mind yet and I am not going to rush things. I am probably not going to do it (sign with a college) until I have to. I am listening to everyone and just trying to take everything in.”
In addition to the Border Bowl, Boston also participated in the Best of the Bluegrass Bowl Game last month in Louisville. He wants to play as well as he possibly can Saturday, but he’s also learned to enjoy the experience.
“It is a lot of fun (being in a bowl game). Everyone is friends. We were messing around with everyone within the first few hours of getting here,” Boston relayed. “I think playing in the Best of Bluegrass helped because I knew quite a few of the guys on the team and seeing them again is pretty cool. All of the guys that played on the Louisville team in the Best of the Bluegrass, we hated them that week, but they’re pretty cool now. It’s awesome.”