By Kyle Lovern
September 6, 2013
Promising middle school athlete Jeremy Dillon suffered a broken leg in an ATV accident over the Labor Day Weekend.
Dillon, who played both football and basketball for Burch Middle School last year, had transferred to Lenore Middle this year.
Dillon helped lead the Bulldogs to the county championship last year in football and led the basketball team to the championship game, where they ironically lost to Kermit in the finals.
…. Coty Bishop, the Wyoming East player who was knocked unconscious last week, is actually doing very well, according to our Pineville Independent newspaper writer John Conley. “He has even been cleared to play this week,” Conley said.
The other Warrior’s player who suffered a concussion, Matthew Perry, won’t be playing and the coaches don’t know how long he will be out.
Jacob Summe, the starting running back who did not play against Mingo Central, had surgery on his knee earlier this week, but is expected to return soon.
… It had previously been reported that Burch Middle might not be able to field a football team, but that is not the case. I saw them practicing earlier this week and they were preparing for their first game.
They did lose Dillon, who had transferred to Lenore. They also will be without the services of Kebo Cunningham, who transferred to Belfry Middle School. Kebo is the son of former Matewan and Marshall football standout Melvin Cunningham.
… Unfortunately, Williamson and Kermit Middle did not get enough players out to field football teams. Many coaches say the fact that some 7th graders are allowed to play Midget League football, rather than moving up to middle school, hurts the numbers at many schools. This is especially the case for Williamson.