Commonwealth Journal

January 14, 2013

Slaughter Defensive MVP in Border Bowl

By BRUCE W. SINGLETON, CJ Correspondent
Commonwealth Journal

Williamsburg — Somerset High School football standout Tevin Slaughter was named Defensive player of the game as Kentucky won the 2013 Border Bowl 29-27 on Saturday.

It was only the second time Kentucky has beaten Tennessee in the All-Star Classic and the first time since 2009.

The Classic, which is played at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg features the best of Kentucky’s high school players playing against the best of their Tennessee counterparts.

Slaughter, who was recently named the Commonwealth Journal Defensive Player of the Year, led the Kentucky defense with 10 tackles and 2 sacks.

“It just felt good to represent Somerset and all the coaches that have taught me over the years and still wear the purple and gold headgear on such a big stage as that,” Slaughter said.

Tennessee led with less than two minutes in the game, but a 90-yard touchdown strike from Nelson County’s Dylan Beasley to Lafayette wide receiver Tranard Chester sealed the win for the Kentucky squad.

Slaughter was not the only local player to be chosen to represent the Commonwealth. Somerset senior Tyson Williams also played on the Kentucky team. Williams shared tight end duties with Belfry’s Tony Messer. In a day when neither team threw the ball with great success, Williams performed ably in blocking for a backfield that amassed over 150 yards.

Slaughter is a product of the SomerSport football feeder program, and has been playing since he was 9.

“One day, Coach (Joe) Ford saw (brother) Trey and me on the street and told us we were going to play football,” Slaughter said.

“I’ve been playing with Will (Hinton) , Heath (Ehrsam) and Patrick (Williams) since I was in the third grade. I’ll miss these guys a lot, but playing college football will be a way I can continue my education,” he said.

 “The game next year will be different and the talent level will be a whole different level,” Slaughter said. “It will be great to get out and make new friends.”

Slaughter, an Associated Press 1st Team All-Stater, has yet to announce which college he will attend next year.