By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Peyton Manning is knows as a Tennessee legend but he plays second fiddle among Johnson County residents to their native son, Andrew Matherly.
Andrew has become a fan favorite at the ball games and is a vocal member of the schools pep club. He is also a very good fiddle player who will graduate with the 2015 class.
Andrew enjoys sports and has worn the mascot outfit on several occasion. He laughed when I ask him what he liked about the games.
The pizza, I love to get pizza, said Andrew. They have great pizza.
But its more than the pizza that Andrew enjoys. He mentioned two of his favorite Longhorns by name.
Chase and Warren, he said referring to Chase Phillips and Warren Kerley. I like to watch them play basketball and football. I like to watch all my friends play.
He sniggered but agreed that basketball coach Austin Atwood and football coach Don Kerley were good guys. But everyone is good in Andrews eyes and the reason is simple.
God has given Andrew the ability to make people smile among those of us who know him. And thats just one of his many talents.
He also plays the Dobro in addition to the fiddle. Its likely he got the gift of music from his grandmother. Lois Dunn.
Andrews ability to learn the fiddle is an amazing story for all athletes. Hes the master when it comes to focusing on detail.
His grandpa Fred Price was a very well known musician that toured with Doc Watson, said Christy Dunn, Andrews mother.. They are lots of videos of him playing the fiddle with Watson on YouTube. Andrew watched the videos faithfully and taught himself to play. In two years he was playing many of those song. It makes people smile when they hear him play.
Andrew participated in basketball at an early age for his dad Shane Matherly, who passed away in August.
He played on one of the youth club teams but it got more competitive as he got older, said Dunn. He had to quit but he would play now if he could.
Andrew turned to music after his basketball days. Hes a fan favorite to those he plays for.
His uncle, Kenny Price has taught Andrew a lot, said Christy. He loves going to the nursing homes and playing. He can entertain a crowd. All the people there love him.
Andrew isnt the only one in he family that is musically gifted. His two younger brothers can pick too.
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