High school and college football got started with a bang this past weekend.
Here are some news and notes.
The Belfry Pirates started out strong with a win in their season opener over Class 6A Lexington Henry Clay. Mingo Central also got off on the right foot with a good road win over Wyoming East. Tug Valley got a nice win at Sherman.
Some of the stars of those games were:
Senior running back Austin Hatfield of Belfry, who scored three touchdowns and gained 160 yards on 24 attempts, had a solid game. He also helped on the defensive side with five tackles.
Junior quarterback Stevie Hammond rushed for 160 yards on only 12 carries to lead Mingo Central. He also scored a late TD to help seal the win.
Freshman Jeremy Dillon had a good debut for the Tug Valley Panthers. The youngster rushed for 70 yards on nine carries, he had seven tackles and three fumble recoveries on defense. He also scored the go-ahead touchdown in the game.
Getting back to the Belfry game – the contest did not get started until after 10 p.m. It was scheduled to kickoff at 8:35 p.m. after the preliminary contest between Pike Central and Somerset. However, the officials would not start that game until after 7:30 p.m. due to the heat index on Haywood Field was over 100. The first game was slated to start at 6:05 p.m. The delay pushed the entire Pike County Bowl doubleheader back.
The Pirate’s game did not get finished until around midnight.
This week Belfry hosts Harlan County at CAM Stadium in the Battle of the Mountains sponsored by ARH.
Up on the mountain at Harless Stadium, the Miners will host conference rival Tolisa in the annual John Fry Bowl. The game honors the late John Fry, a former Matewan and Mingo Central assistant coach.
Meanwhile Tug Valley hits the road again as they travel to Meadow Bridge.
Over in neighboring Logan County the Class A Man Hillbillies defeated county rival and Class 3A Logan in overtime to start their season with a huge win over their arch rival. You can read about that game in our sister paper the Logan Banner or online on the Banner’s website.
… In college gird action Marshall and Kentucky opened up with good wins, while WVU lost to No. 2 ranked Alabama. Coaches say there are no moral victories, however the Mountaineers may be able to say that. They competed against one of the top program in the country and with a break or two, could have pulled out the win.
WVU is much improved and should have a good season.
… The Deel and Johnson Agency (Pike County’s exclusive Allstate Agents) will award weekly a Good Hands® Player of the Week Award to an outstanding high school football player in Pike County.
Each Good Hands® Player of the Week will be invited to attend a celebration in November and will be eligible to win the final honor of Good Hands® Player of the Season while being awarded a $1,000 college scholarship.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)