By Randy White
Regional Sports Editor
The high school football season was scheduled to get underway last night.
Tug Valley traveled to Sherman to kickoff the regular season.
The Panthers have some talented kids coming back, but the quarterback role is a big hole to fill.
Tug Valley fell to Sherman 32-12 last season.
The Panthers are looking to get the season started with a big road win.
That could help give the Panthers some early season momentum.
All eyes will be on Tug Valley wide receiver Caleb May.
May finished second in receiving last season. He only trailed Mingo Central’s Drew Hatfield in receivers in the state.
Tug Valley finished with a 7-4 record last season and was knocked out of the first round of the Class A playoffs.
With the COVID-19 numbers up in Mingo County, the Week 2 outlook is uncertain for the Panthers and Mingo Central.
Tug Valley is scheduled to travel to Hannan next week in Week 2.
Mingo Central was on its bye week this week.
The Miners were scheduled to open their season Week 2 on the road at Point Pleasant.
The Miners might have to wait a week if Mingo County’s COVID-19 numbers put them in orange or red next week.
If the Miners do open up next week, Mingo Central will be looking to pick up were it left off last season.
Quarterback Daylin Goad will be back for his senior season to lead the Miners.
Mingo Central finished with a 9-3 record last year.
The Miners got knocked out of the Class AA playoffs by Bridgeport.
Mingo Central fell to Bridgeport 28-8.
If Mingo Central can’t play next week because of the COVID-19 numbers in the county, the Miners would be set to open the season September 18 at home against Man.
The COVID-19 numbers are set to come out this Saturday night and that will determine the playing status of the teams for the following week. Even if a county falls below orange or red before Friday, they will still have to sit out that week of play based on the numbers on Saturday night.