By Kyle Lovern
Mingo Central, Belfry and Tug Valley all participated in preseason scrimmages this past weekend.
These practice games are great sessions for coaches to learn some things their teams need to work on before the regular season begins in a couple of weeks.
Mingo Central participated in the Cardinal Conference scrimmage at Madison taking on the host school, the Scott High Skyhawks.
Miner’s offensive coordinator Joey Fields said Mingo’s game went well.
“It went pretty good. Everyone stayed healthy and it was good to hit and get after someone in a different jersey. We played a lot of guys and saw some things we need to work on. Overall it was very beneficial to us.”
“We have two more weeks until our first game so we’re going to continue to work and get better every day,” Fields said.
Belfry traveled to Richlands, Virginia to take on Richlands High, George Wythe and Gate City.
“It was good for us to get in a game-like situation against other teams,” said longtime Belfry assistant coach Todd Cassell. “We learned a ton of things by going against three different offenses and defenses. It clearly showed some areas where we must improve upon.”
“The Hazard scrimmage will teach us a lot because they have great athletes and good skill position players,” Cassell added.
Tug Valley had practice games against Logan and Paintsville, Kentucky.
The coaching staff was pleased with the way the Panthers performed in those scrimmages.
All three teams will scrimmage again this weekend. Belfry will host highly touted Hazard Friday night at CAM Stadium at 7 p.m., Mingo Central will entertain Independence Friday at Harless Stadium at 7 p.m., while Tug Valley will scrimmage Shelby Valley at Naugatuck Friday evening at 6 p.m.
(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.)