Next Saturday, football fans in the Nashville area won’t want to miss the hard-hitting action as two superteams collide and strap it up to go to battle for their home state as Tennessee takes on Kentucky in The Toy Bowl All-Star Game, hosted by the Tennessee Football Alliance.
“Our goal is to be able to give twice as much as we gave last year and basically bless as many families as we can that couldn’t have it, if it wasn’t for what we were doing,” TFA Co-Commissioner Ricky Prochaska told Developmental Football USA.
After the turnout of last year’s Toy Bowl, which featured a 7-on-7 flag football tournament, Prochaska and his support staff wanted to raise the bar this go-round.
“It’s rare that you can get all the guys from Tennessee to all join together to play on one team,” Prochaska said. “Not to mention it’s all going back to the kids. It makes it that much more fun. We just want to go out and have a good time for the kids.”
Last year, the Toy Bowl teamed up with the local rap group i4ni and donated more than 1,000 toys to underprivileged children in the Nashville area. On Nov. 18, look for a much better turnout at Whites Creek High School at 7 p.m.
“We want to set the bar in the community,” Prochaska said. “We want to do different things to help change the name at this level. We’re doing stuff with the youth, anything we can do to give back to the community.”
The Kentucky All-Stars will be coached by the head coach of the Kentucky Calvary, Greg Taylor, and will be led defensively by cornerback and return specialist Tyson Hamilton of the Daviess County Spartans and linebacker Ryan Stark of the Mount Sterling Trojans. Quarterback Brandon Corker of the River City Hurricanes will lead the charge on offense for the Bluegrass State.
Blaine Boone, head coach of the 23-0 Middle Tennessee Bulldawgs will lead the Tennessee All-Stars and will be joined by two of his usual comrades in Bulldawgs quarterback Cass Barnes and defensive end Romeo Gilbert. Barnes will have the luxury of throwing to top flight wide receiver Steadman Bell of the Dickson Chaos for this game.
“I expect nothing less than 110 percent from every player,” Boone told Developmental Football USA. “It’s rare that you get to play state versus state, so I know every player is ready to put on for their home state and that’s a fact.”
Tickets to the game are $10, or only $5 with a packaged toy donation as fans have the chance to watch athletes from approximately 20 different developmental teams, which will be represented on the field. The game will also be broadcast live on the cube and TFA Co-Commissioner Scott Wallace will provide play-by-play commentary.