WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- The National Guard Border Bowl is a unique event for the Kentucky Guard. The game is also one of a kind with the National Guard in its name and playing such a prominent role. While the all-star football game is about Kentucky and Tennessee, nationally televised broadcasts and a high level of advertising for the Guard, it has been called a model of how to do something big in a little place.
"The National Guard Border Bowl as an event is a fantastic day for the National Guard," said Kierre Brown, marketing director for the Kentucky National Guard. "This puts small Williamsburg, Kentucky on the map and that's very beneficial for the community. The growth of this game is tremendous in the seven years and has had quite an effect on Kentucky and I'm sure is just as beneficial for Tennessee as well."
Ultimately the game is about the players. Some of the best high school football players the two states have to offer. It's another chance for them to shine on the field and potentially catch the attention of college football programs.
Kentucky beat Tennessee 37-13 in a dominating performance from its all-stars. This is the second win in a row for Kentucky, although Tennessee still leads the series 4-3. More than 50 players from each state representing 33 high schools in both Tennessee and Kentucky participated in the game.
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