Local Teams Kick Off Summer Two-a-Days
The 2019 edition of high school football has begun with all local teams hitting the field for practice this week. Notably, Hundred opened its first practice with 24 players, but should have more than 30 to open the season.
HHS first year Head coach D.J. Bryd is optimistic about the season and believes the boys are ready to close the book and open a new chapter of Hornet Football.
It starts up front with the big boys, and big boys they are. If injuries don’t take a toll before the first game, the Hornets should have one of the baddest front lines in the Ohio Valley. Come Aug. 30, they will open up with Federal Hocking, OH in Hornets territory.
Coach Bryd and his staff held their first practice Aug. 5 at 12:01 a.m. They only had 24 of their 30+ players, but they had over 150 die-hard Hornets faithful show up early, including their new middle-school football team and varsity cheerleaders working hard. The Hundred football Moms and Booster Club had games, food and music going from 8:30 pm until midnight, when the boys and their cheerleading squad went to work.
The town of Hundred is excited to start a new chapter with this team and the Red Carpet rollout practice was a fans dream, as their cheerleaders and the football team put on an outstanding practice for those who stayed till practice was over around 2 A.M.
At Magnolia, Coach Dave Chapman is optimistic after a season where they beat the state champions during the regular season that pushed them into the playoffs after missing it a couple straight years.
Even though they lost 8-players to graduation, including record-setting QB Patrick Mirandy, Chapman is excited about the upcoming season and believes his 26 players can excel and put Magnolia back in contention for a run at the playoffs once more.
At River, Pilots coach Mike Flannery has a group of 37 studs that look to return the Pilots to the playoffs and beyond. But, Flannery wants his squad to take it one game at a time and improve each time out. He only lost 2-seniors to graduation, but the biggest loss was Hunter Dennis on both sides of the ball.
Flannery has a nice group of 14-freshman as well as 6-returning seniors, and 11-lettermen, that also includes their starting backfield, and most of their big-boys up front.
Down the river at Paden City, the new Wildcats Head Coach Zach Heasley has 20 players out, including senior quarterback Ethan Cross. Coach Heasley will need to look to some underclassmen to fill the void lost by 8-starters to graduation. Coach Heasley feels that he has a nice group of skill players back to fill in that gap, but only playing time and hard work will see if that holds true.
Out at Tyler Consolidated, Silver Knights coach Ryan Walton has about 30 players out after making another trip to the playoffs last season. Walton is optimistic about the season, and has a good reason to be, because he has the very talented Mark Rucker and new quarterback Gage Huffman who will take over the quarterback duties from the loss of Griffin Phillips to graduation.Walton has to be very excited in what he sees.
At Valley High School, Head Coach Logan Miller has about the same numbers he had last season 24 players, but the lost of seven top-notch players to graduation will hurt early in the season. However, he has their top yardage maker in Gavin Streets in the backfield along with starting quarterback Abe Satterfield, as well as receivers Levi Anderson and David Sell, plus one of the states premiere linemen, Hunter Wood to hold-down the fort, till the others get in some snaps. Good Luck to all area teams as they work towards a successful and rewarding 2019 season.