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Zepeda represents Millington for second time against Kentucky June 21

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Zepeda Star

Representing the city of Millington and the state of Tennessee is old habit for Millington Middle School graduate Luke Zepeda.
Last year the Millington Metro standout was selected to play in the 2013 Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star Football game. After a standout eighth-grade campaign and successful tryout in Memphis during April, Zepeda was picked for the this year’s Tennessee vs. Kentucky game.
“It feels great to be able to make it twice and have that honor,” Zepeda said. “To be able to go  back to the University of Tennessee and experience it all over again, that’s great.”
When the All-Star game is done June 21 in Kentucky, Zepeda will prepare to start his prep carry thousands of miles away in Seattle, Wash., at Nathan Hale High School.
“I’m going to try to leave it all on the field because this is my last game for the state of Tennessee,” Zepeda said. “I’m going to try to work for my position, get out there and play a game and take it all in with UT being one of the best campuses out there.”
Zepeda has been selected as a defensive back for the Tennessee All-Stars. He will practice with his teammates on campus before departing for the game in Kentucky to take on the best from the Bluegrass State.
The annual Tennessee vs. Kentucky Future All-Stars Football Classic has been dominated by Team Tennessee. The boys from the Volunteer State will look to continue its dominance in the annual Tennessee vs. Kentucky Future All Stars Football Classic, as Tennessee has won the seventh and eighth grade games each of the event’s previous four years.
The rosters were announced May 6. The roster is composed of 57 players including Zepeda.
Zepeda returned to tryouts this year after appearing on the team last year as a wide receiver. The Millington Middle School product showed off his strong footwork, impressing with his quickness, as well as his hands. He also showed off strong ball skills.
Football is just one sport that Zepeda displays his skills. The son of Patti and Scott Stevens and Moses Zepeda and Anggia Gaia plays football, baseball, track and rugby.
“It’s a little overwhelming at some point but you’ve got to stay humble,” Zepeda said. “You have to keep on working, you have to work for everything you get.”
Zepeda said his parents place a strong emphasis on academics reminding him student comes first in student/athlete.
He said once he’s in Washington he plans to be a four sport letterman for all four years. But despite being a two-time Tennessee All-Star, Zepeda said another sport has captured his heart thanks to the Brighton Storm.
“Rugby, I remember I first went out there for conditioning for football,” he recalled. “As I played on and I saw people play with heart it continued on. You don’t have to be an athlete to play rugby, you’ve just got to want to win, play as a team and play as family. They’re brothers out there.”
Playing for the Brighton Storm has helped Zepeda build lasting friendship. He said he will miss his teammates from Brighton rugby and Millington football, but he feels his road ahead for him will be bright.
“The future, I’m going to give it my best,” Zepeda concluded. “I want the best. I want to go to a college where I will have competition to start.”

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