RED JACKET – Last year’s head coach of the West Virginia all-stars in the annual Hatfield & McCoy Senior All-Star game, Joey Fields, will return to try to get another win for the Mountain State.
“I am super excited about having the opportunity to coach in the game once again,” Fields said. “The Senior Bowl is a great way to kick-off the upcoming football season.”
“But for me as a coach, what I enjoy the most is the relationships you build with the players and coaches,” Fields added. “Coach (Yogi) Kinder has continued to do a great job over the years with the game. We had a great group of guys last year. I expect the same with this group - Hady Ford, Josh Sammons and Chase Moore will be my assistants. They did a great job for me last year.”
Fields is also assisting Kinder with the Mingo Central Miners.
The game was moved to Harless Stadium last season for the first time. It had previously been played at Matewan High School.
Fields said he will get his players from Mingo, Wayne, Logan, Wyoming and McDowell Counties.
The Kentucky squad, which will be coached by former UK star David Jones, will get their roster from eastern Kentucky counties including Pike, Martin, Floyd and Johnson.
Several players from local schools such as Belfry, Mingo Central, Phelps, Pike Central, Tug Valley and Sheldon Clark are expected to play this summer.
West Virginia rolled over the Kentucky squad 37-12, as Logan graduate Joe Street rushed for four touchdowns and was named the Mountain State’s offensive MVP in last year’s game.
Kentucky coach David Jones, who coached in the game back in 2011, says he hopes to turn the table on the West Virginia all-stars this summer. Jone’s team won that season and he plans to have a more competitive Bluegrass squad come August 3.
The 18th annual all-star game will played on Saturday, August 3 at 8 p.m.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)