By Kyle Lovern
It is the second week for local high school football teams as they all strive to start out the season 2-0.
Last week Belfry (1-0) pounded Class 6A Henry Clay of Lexington 29-7 in the annual Pike County Bowl. This week they take on another larger school in Harlan County (1-1) in the ARH Battle of the Mountains Bowl game. The Bears play in Class 5A.
Belfry, the defending Class 3A champions in Kentucky, is ranked No. 1 in the state. Coach Philip Haywood was pleased with the season opening victory, but as always, he said his team is a work in progress.
Meanwhile, Mingo Central won its first game on the road at Wyoming East. The Miners are ranked No. 8 in Class 2A in the Charleston Daily Mail Poll. The SSAC poll, which ranks teams by the point system, does not come out until after week three.
Mingo Central (1-0) will host Tolsia (0-1) for a home game. The Rebels lost to county rival Wayne last Friday night. This is the first Cardinal Conference game of the season for Mingo Central. Wayne is also a conference foe, thus Tolsia is also 0-1 in the league.
Coach Yogi Kinder knows the Rebels are much-improved from last season and are looking for revenge. Mingo Central has defeated Tolsia the past two seasons.
Tug Valley has a long road trip this week as they travel to Meadow Bridge, which is located in rural Fayette County.
The Wildcats walloped Van 50-8 in their season opener, while Tug Valley went on the road and held back the Sherman Tide 20-14.
Coach Tony Clusky hopes his squad can pick up another tough road victory over a perennial Class A playoff program.
Other games in the area will see Phelps at Knott Central, Betsy Layne at Sheldon Clark, Pike Central at Williamsburg, Shady Spring at Logan,
Mount View at Man, Herbert Hoover at Chapmanville, Scott at Lincoln County, Sherman at Calhoun County, and Wyoming East at Westside.
The Mingo Central-Tolsia game will be aired on WXCC 96.5 FM with Joe Kinzer and Pedro Ledger.
The Belfry game airs on WDHR 93.1 FM with Bobby Norman and Steve Mickey.
All games should kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The weather for today calls for a chance of thunderstorms, so fans might want to take along an umbrella or poncho. The temperatures at game time will start out in the upper 80s, and drop into the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.
(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.)