High School football teams in the area will get the chance to iron out a few more wrinkles before their first regular season games next week with scrimmages this weekend.
Mingo Central will travel to Martin County to take on Sheldon Clark in a scrimmage game tonight. The Miners hosted the Cardinal Conference 8-team scrimmage last Saturday at Buck Harless Stadium.
Coach Yogi Kinder’s squad is young, but he does have a few experienced players back to lead the way for the 2013 campaign.
Sheldon Clark has a very young team and this will probably be a rebuilding season for coach Shawn Hager’s Cardinals.
Meanwhile, Belfry will travel to Hazard for its second scrimmage. The Pirates hit the road last weekend to participate in a grid-o-rama in Richlands, Va. Coach Philip Haywood has to replace several linemen who have graduated and several starters on defense, including the team’s two leading tacklers.
Some Kentucky teams actually open up their regular season this weekend. One of those teams is the Phelps Hornets, who travel to Jenkins for their season opener. First year head coach Randy Smith now has 28 kids on the roster. At one time, back in the summer, Phelps only had 14 players out. But Smith and his staff have been able to convince several sophomores and freshmen to come out for the team.
Tug Valley scrimmaged at Logan last week. Tonight they will travel into the Bluegrass State to scrimmage with Shelby Valley. The Panthers lost several key players on offense, but return a good nucleus of players to try and repeat their fine record and playoff appearance from last season.
Veteran head coach Tony Clusky, who had guided Williamson for several years, returns to coach the Panthers.
Logan High School is set to head to Ravenswood on Saturday as the Wildcats are slated to scrimmage against the host Ravenswood Red Devils and the Herbert Hoover Huskies — a pair of Class AA teams.
Man High School is also in action on Saturday as the Hillbillies are set to play in the Midland Trail Gridorama.
Chapmanville Regional High School also is slated to close out preseason play with a contest on Saturday at Class AAA Lincoln County.
Coaches try to use pre-season scrimmage games to work out the kinks and to get their timing down on offense. They also play a lot of players to see who might be ready to step up and make a contribution to the team. It gives younger players a chance to get much needed experience.
Before long, teams will be head first into the regular season and trying to aim for the playoffs.