John Petett came out on the short end of last year’s Best of the Bluegrass All-Star Football Game when the Kentucky squad he was an assistant coach for lost to the Louisville team by a narrow 9-8 margin. This year as the head coach of the Kentucky all-stars, Petett, the head coach at Monroe County High School, wants to erase the memory of last year’s game from his mind.
“Last year, we came up on the short end of the stick, but these guys are good. Some of them have won state championships, so they understand what we’re trying to do,” said Petett. “That’s why they have the title of all-stars.
“The players are coming to town on Thursday and we can do eight practices in three days. The main thing for us is to not put these kids in uncomfortable positions. We want to find out what they’re comfortable doing in their position and build from that. We’re going to let them play football.”
The annual all-star football game is set for Sunday at St. Xavier High School in Louisville. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Petett’s Kentucky squad will include some of the best football players from around the state, except for the Louisville area. The team will also include three local players in Glasgow offensive lineman Matt Boston, Barren County receiver Chad Eaton and Monroe County tailback/defensive lineman Carlton Huff.
“I am glad those guys have been given the opportunity to play and showcase their talents,” Petett said. “That’s what all of these kids will be doing. This is a chance for these kids to play one more football game and possibly enhance their college opportunities as there may be some college coaches at the game Sunday. This is a big day for these kids.”
Some of the other area players on the Kentucky squad include: Logan Blue (LB, Owensboro), Cody Chaffin (LB, South Warren), Cameron Cheuvront (WR, Somerset), Barrett Croslin (TE, Russellville), Nacarius Fant (WR, Bowling Green), Rondell Green (DB, Bowling Green), Joseph Hawkins (DL, Franklin-Simpson), Devin Hayes (QB, Bowling Green), Evan Jaggers (WR, Green Co.), Will Jenkins (OL, Bowling Green), Adrian Middleton (LB, South Warren), Jake Mills (OL, Bowling Green), Lincoln Quick (LB, Bowling Green), Kegan Skidmore (OL, Somerset), and Blue Tisdale (RB, Bowling Green).
“The bottom line is these kids are fantastic football players or they wouldn’t be on the team. As a coach, you have to remember they’re coming from great systems and they know what they’re doing,” Petett said.
“They’re all very well coached and my job is to try and not screw it up. We’re going to let them be football players and have some fun. But on Sunday, we’re going to take a business approach to things and try to win the game.”
And an added bonus for Petett this weekend will be the coaching staff he’s put together for the Kentucky squad. He’s coached with many of them in the past, including John Myers, the former coach at Monroe County High School and current head football coach at Russellville High School.
“It is a great honor for me to be able to coach the best football players in the greater Kentucky area. I appreciate the opportunity to do that,” Petett said.
“The assistant head coach with me will be Jim McKee of Scott County. I also have John Myers from Russellville, who I was an assistant coach under when he was head coach at Monroe County. It’s been eight years since we coached together and I am looking forward to that.
“We’ve also got Mark Nelson from South Warren High School, Bronson Gowdy from Campbellsville, and two of my assistants here at Monroe County, Randy Murphy and Brad Crowe. It is great to have these guys with me this week. It is good to share ideas. I have a lot of respect for all of the guys coaching with me and they’re fantastic football coaches.”
Brent Thompson, the head coach at North Hardin High School, will coach the Louisville squad.