By LARRY VAUGHT
All-American football and Great American Brass Band Festival will be topics for discussion during “Focus on Title Town” Thursday from 9-10 a.m. on WKYB (107.5 FM).
Former University of Kentucky punter Andy Smith and his son, Jackson, an eighth-grader at Boyle County Middle School, will be on at 9 to talk about Jackson’s participation in the recent Bret Cooper Junior All-America Game in Dallas that is affiliated with the Cotton Bowl.
Not only did players have to star on the field, but they had to have at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
Jackson Smith played for the under 14 East team that won 20-0. The teams had spent about a week practicing before playing on Dec. 31 — the game was moved indoors because of an ice storm.
“The facility did not have goal posts inside and the ceiling was relatively low, so all he was able to do was kick off during the game,” Andy Smith said. “He still hit the ceiling on kickoffs.”
The players got to watch Ohio State and USC play in the Cotton Bowl Jan. 1 while wearing their All-American jerseys.
“During the awards banquet the night before the game, Jackson was awarded the Luis Zendejas Award (named after the former NFL kicker and he is currently in the front office for the Arizona Cardinals) that is awarded to the nation’s best kicker for his class,” Andy Smith said. “This was based on his performance in practice that week as well as season performance during the year.”
Jackson Smith kicked a 51-yard field goal for Boyle in the state middle school championship game and has been rated the No. 1 kicker in his recruiting class.
Several former college/NFL players coached the team, including former Tennessee running back Aaron Hayden who played for the Charges, Packers and Eagles.
“He got lots of good national exposure as did Boyle County,” Jackson Smith said.
Great American Brass Band Festival
Robin Cooper is the new executive director of the Great American Brass Band Festival held annually in June in Danville.
She has been on the job about three months and this will let you have a chance to get to know her a bit better.
We’ll also talk about this year’s festival schedule as well as sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.
She’s going to be a regular monthly guest the next five months leading up to the festival.
Finally, Danville Office Equipment president Scott Bottoms will close the show — and fix my printer all at the same time. He’ll also give a preview of the Jan. 18 show when he’ll be joined by John Drake — and maybe another basketball official or two — as we talk about basketball officiating.
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You can call the show at 859-236-1075 or listen online at wkybfm.com.