History was made at the Cardinal Conference scrimmages this past Saturday night at Madison. And it wasn’t on the football field.
Young Williamson photographer – videographer Wes Wilson used a drone to take pictures and film the game between Mingo Central and Scott.
It is believed to be the first time in the Mountain State that a drone was used to shoot a high school sporting event.
It may be the first at any sporting event ever in West Virginia.
When most people think of drones, they think of the larger ones used by the military. However, one growing popular use for the small flying devices is aerial photography. Lightweight cameras can be attached to drones. Soaring up to several hundred feet above the ground produces some unbeatable angles.
Amazon is even working on using drones to deliver packages. But that’s another story.
(See one of Wilson’s aerial photos on this page.)
Wilson, a talented photographer, continues to master his craft.
“If you weren’t at the game Saturday between Mingo Central and Scott, for the first time in the history of West Virginia high school football,” Wilson said. “I flew a drone during the game, shooting indescribable video of both teams. I got special permission from the officiating crew, both coaching staffs, and more to pull this off.”
“Reflecting back on that night, a comment I received from a stranger meant the most. As I took off at first, many people were watching in anticipation and one of the Scott High ‘Chain Gang’ guys was hanging out with me watching my monitor. He could tell I was stressed and nervous as I’d ever been,” Wilson recalls. “I was thinking of everything that could go wrong. He looked at me and said ‘Man, you got this…..just focus on it and have fun!’ And sure enough, after a pat on the back, the nerves went away and it was a blast. It’s truly amazing to see there are still some nice people in this world that will support other folks, even ones you don’t even know.”
“Scott High was a great host for the Grid-O-Rama this year and I’m already looking forward to our game against the Skyhawks in Madison in October. Not picking on anyone outside our area, but I think it’s that southern West Virginia hospitality once again,” Wilson concluded.
Mingo Central hosts Independence on Friday night at Harless Stadium. Depending on the weather forecast, Wilson plans to try the drone again this week.
So if you see a small object flying over a football stadium in the coming weeks, no need to report a UFO.
It may just be Wilson with his new craft taking more great photos.
Area Football Schedule, Friday, August 22nd
Hazard at Belfry (scrimmage)
Independence at Mingo Central (scrimmage)
Shelby Valley at Tug Valley (scrimmage)
Regular season starts:
Phelps at Jenkins
Prestonsburg at Pikeville
Whitley County at Pike Central
Towles gets nod at UK
The AP reports Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced that redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles will be the Wildcats’ starting quarterback this season.
Stoops tweeted out his decision before Monday morning’s practice, saying, “this competition has brought out the best in our quarterbacks and I’m confident in Patrick moving our team forward.”
The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Towles was redshirted last season after playing five games as a freshman but came back this spring to become the favorite to lead Kentucky’s pass-oriented “Air Raid” offense. The Fort Thomas native still had to beat out freshman Drew Barker, redshirt freshman and junior Maxwell Smith in fall camp and just last week coaches were expressing hope that one would distinguish himself.
(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)