RED JACKET – Tonight’s annual Hatfield & McCoy Senior Bowl all-star game could be a high scoring affair. There are some outstanding athletes snapping the helmets and lacing up the cleats for both squads.
Mingo Central graduate Ashton Cline will get the start at quarterback for West Virginia, while the starting signal caller for the Kentucky squad will be Randy Maynard of Pikeville High School.
Logan’s Joe Street and John Bailey from River View will be in the backfield to start the game for the Mountain State for head coach Joey Fields. The wide receivers that will start are Leshon Benton of River View and Corey Daniels of Mingo Central. Jacob Staton, who played for the Miners, will start at tight end, but is also the backup quarterback for Cline.
Joining Maynard in the backfield for the Bluegrass State will be Trey Willis at fullback, Josh Dixon at one running back position and Justin Smith at the other halfback slot. Willis and Dixon are Belfry alumni, while Smith is a Pike Central grad.
The split end will be Belfry’s Gary Runyon and the tight end will be Micah Harlow who played for Allen Central. Belfry’s Howie Dotson should see action at wideout for the Kentucky squad.
Daniels (Mingo Central) and Thomas Forren of Westside will be in the defensive backfield.
All of the players should see plenty of action on both squads, whether they start or not. The coaches have enough talent to have an offense, a defense and special team’s players.
Fields said his team should also be sound in the special teams as well.
Cline will punt and Benton will handle the place kicking. “Those are two first-team all-staters who will be doing the kicking for us,” Fields added.
There is plenty of local talent, including 10 players from Mingo Central. Cliffs Natural Resources is the corporate sponsor for the game.
“It’s been a great week of practice. The guys have really come together and are excited to get put on the field Saturday night,” Field said. “With players like this it’s makes our jobs as coaches a lot easier. I’m sure the game will be as fun for the fans as it will be the players.”
Yogi Kinder is the coordinator of the Hatfield-McCoy Bowl Game.