Williams to represent Tennessee in Border Bowl

Jacob Williams
(Pictured from left) 2014-15 Golden Eagle Seniors Jacob Williams #52, Jacob York #5, and Zach Daoust #24 in the 2nd Round of the 2014 TSSAA Playoffs vs Ooltewah. The trio led the Eagles to a smashing 52-14 victory over the undefeated Owls. (photo: Gary Bolden / Rhea Review)

Rhea County’s Jacob Williams to play in KY-TN Border Bowl this Saturday on ESPN3

espn3140This Saturday, Rhea County Senior Jacob Williams will face the best competition the state of Kentucky has to offer in the 2015 National Guard Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl. Williams was picked by a host of Tennessee coaches to play on the defensive line. The game will be played in Williamsburg, KY, January 10, 12:05 p.m. and broadcast on the ESPN3 network.

“It’s a huge honor for Jacob to be chosen,” says Rhea County’s head football coach Mark Pemberton.   Pemberton, who coached the KY-TN game in 2006, says this will be a great opportunity for people across the nation to see what Williams can do.


It’s just a great opportunity for guys around Tennessee and Kentucky to get some publicity and get our names out there.

Jacob Williams – Rhea County Senior


Williams recognizes the opportunity, and says, “I can honestly say it’s an honor to be able to represent Rhea County.  It’s a great feeling to be able to be selected as one of the top athletes at my position in the state of Tennessee.  It’s gonna be a great challenge to play against the best of Kentucky.”

Listed at 6′ 1″, Williams will likely be the shortest out of the four defensive linemen selected to represent Tennessee but says there are more important attributes than size.

“I’m probably going to be the smallest lineman up there, but I have a very competitive heart and will try my best to get a starting position on the team.”

Williams and Pemberton
Jacob Williams with coach Mark Pemberton as he receives the Most Outstanding Defensive Tackle Award at the 2014 District Awards ceremony in Cookeville, TN (photo contributed)

Not only is he excited about playing in a nationally televised game, but he’s also looking forward to practicing and playing with some of the best players in the state – some of which he’s played against.

“It’s just a great opportunity for guys around Tennessee and Kentucky to get some publicity and get our names out there,” he says.  “It’s also gonna be a fun challenge to practice with some of the best from Tennessee.”

Soon after his arrival in Kentucky, he’ll do just that.  His first practice begins tonight at 8:00 pm and is followed by five more practices before Saturday’s kickoff.

He insists he wouldn’t be here without his teammates and is truly thankful for the support he has received..

“I appreciate all the support from my family, friends and especially the community,” says Williams.

“I want to give a huge shout out to my teammates and coaches! I couldn’t have had this opportunity with out all of you guys!”

In addition to being awarded with District 6-AAA’s Most Outstanding Defensive Tackle Award, Williams and fellow senior, C.J. Shelton, were named to the Tennessee All-State Team.  Williams was also named Southeast Bank & Trust’s Player of the Week twice during the season.

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