SF’s Spivey will assist West team

SF’s Spivey will assist West team
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Kelly Spivey’s season admittedly didn’t end well at South Fulton.
The coach is getting a ‘do-over’ for the final game, though.
Spivey, whose Red Devils dropped their final four games and made a quick first-round playoff exit this past fall, is serving as an assistant coach on the West squad in the fifth annual Toyota East vs. West All-Star Classic.
The SF skipper left for Jefferson City and Carson-Newman College on Tuesday to begin preparations for Saturday’s contest that will have a noon kickoff.
About 90 high school seniors from across Tennessee were divided into East and West teams for the annual classic. More than a dozen of those players have already made early commitments to FBS programs, including Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Vander-bilt and Ole Miss.
Spivey, who will be coaching in an all-star game for the second time after assisting Lewis County’s Bobby Sharp — his then boss — in 1999 in the Tennessee-Kentucky game, originally turned down the chance to repeat that experience this year.
“I told them ‘no’ at first, and my wife (Mary) looked at me and asked, ‘Are you crazy? You may never get this chance again.’
“So I re-thought things. Things didn’t go the smoothest for us this year (at South Fulton) with several things. I figured it was an opportunity to coach one more time this year and have a pleasant experience with it.”
Spivey will be coaching defensive backs under coordinator Kevin Creasy of Trousdale County.
“I’ve known him for a while and our backgrounds are similar in what we believe in defensively,” he said of the highly-successful TC skipper. “I think it will be easier for him, too, because he won’t have to sit and teach me for several hours and expect me to then teach the kids.”
Dyer County head coach Adam Renshaw and Bryant Hollingsworth of Lexington are also members of Brentwood High’s Ron Crawford West staff.
Tom McDaniel of Murfreesboro Oakland is coaching the East team.
Among those area players selected to play for the West squad were Westview lineman Damani Taylor, Dyer County quarterback Dylan Dye, lineman Brandon Woodward and running back Thaddeus Medford, defensive tackle Randall Dunlap, linebacker Caleb Counce and defensive back Najee Ray of Class 5A state champion Henry County and Lexington receiver Kerry Sellars.
Humboldt’s Tevin Bryson, a lineman, was also picked for the team.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.8.11

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