Bowl games grow closer


By William Plaster - [email protected]



By William Plaster

[email protected]

GOODY, Ky. – Next friday night, August 28, will kick-off the local Kentucky football season. Eastern Kentucky teams will meet at CAM stadium in Belfry Ky. for the first two games of the 31st annual Pike County Bowl sponsored by Community Trust Bank and WYMT (Mountain News).

The first game will begin at 6:05 p.m. between the Phelps Hornets and the East Ridge Warriors. Phelps’s Head Coach James “Butch” Joplin has coached the Hornets in the past but was just recently hired to lead the 2015 season. The East Ridge Warriors stomped the Hornets during the regular season last year 48-0 however, this is a new year with new teams.

The second game will be played between the Lexington Tates Creek Commodores and the Belfry Pirates at 8:35 p.m. Tates Creek will travel from Lexington, Ky. and leave their Class 6A division to step down against the defending Class 3A state Champion Belfry Pirates coached by Philip Haywood.

During the second night of games the action will change venues to the Hambley Athletic Complex in Pikeville, Ky. The first game will feature the Pike County Central Hawks against the Shelby Valley Wildcats at 6:05 p.m. Head Coach of the Pike County Central Hawks Shawn Thacker is ready to test out his young team against the neighboring Class 2A School.

The last game of the event will be between the Class 5A Letcher County Central Cougars and the Class 1A Pikeville Panthers. The Panthers Head Coach Chris McNamee is set show everyone that last year’s season was nothing to worry about and the Panthers are ready to take on anyone they face.

During the action local, former Kentucky football standout David Jones will be honored with the Pike County Bowl legends award. There will also be the crowning of the Pike County Bowl Queen.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at Community Trust Bank locations and will be available at the entry gate. The money raised by the Pike County Bowl Commission is always donated back to participating schools to help cover the expense of the football season. Over the course of 30 years the bowl has raised over $700,000 dollars for the athletic programs.

Each year a queen candidate is selected from each of the participating high schools and crowned the Pike County Bowl Queen, the queen is presented with a $1,500 dollar scholarship.

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Dailly News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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By William Plaster

[email protected]

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Dailly News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Dailly News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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