It is football time in the Tug Valley area as all of the area teams will hit the grid iron tonight (Friday).
The last nights of August have already had a cool, crisp feel of autumn. It looks like we will have an early Fall season, which is the favorite football weather for most football fans.
The fans will don their school colors – bright red for Belfry, Carolina blue for Mingo Central and black and silver for Tug Valley.
Each team is coming off a great season in 2014. The Pirates won the Class 3A state title again last year, while the Miners and Panthers both made it to the WVSSAC playoffs in the Mountain State and had great seasons.
In fact, the two Mingo County schools both had the best records in school history.
Many fans, especially in the back parking lot at Belfry, will be tailgating. The tailgates and food displayed by the Pirate fans are as good as you see at a Saturday afternoon college event.
Friday nights across America are almost a religious event for some die-hard fans. It is something parents, grandparents and fans have looked forward to since last December.
The Kentucky teams have been practicing since the hot, humid days of mid-July. Belfry has had a couple of scrimmages, but now they are ready for the real season to start. Other teams in the Bluegrass State actually opened their season last Friday night.
In West Virginia, teams are not allowed to practice until the first Monday of August, which was the 3rd. They were able to get a few two-a-day practices in, before school started on August 11. So they only had a few days of those long days before hitting the turf at Harless Stadium after school for practice sessions.
Hopefully the three local teams will once again have great seasons like they did in 2014.
We also wish the players a safe and healthy season. Getting hurt and banged up are a part of the game, but hopefully there won’t be any serious injuries this season.
I’m sure fans are ready to head out to the games to cheer for their respective teams. Next weekend the college teams that most area fans root for will have their season openers. WVU will host Georgia Southern in Morgantown, Marshall’s Thundering Herd will host the Purdue Boilermakers in Huntington and Kentucky will host the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana in Lexington. Marshall’s game will be on Sunday, while WVU and UK will open on Saturday, Labor Day Weekend.
Football season is exciting and supporters are gearing up for Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.
Let the games begin.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)