The COVID-19 pandemic looked as though it was beginning to slow in our area, but that window was very short as the region witnessed a sharp increase of cases as of late. In Kentucky, things starteded to return to normal from a sports perspective, with many local teams across the Tug River  playing on Friday nights for the past couple weeks.

However on the West Virginia side of the river, local teams have been living Saturday-to-Saturday, anxiously waiting to learn their fate from the governing body. Tug Valley is 3-0 on the year, but the games have been sporadic. The Panthers won their season opener on the road at Sherman on September 4, but did not step foot on the field again until two weeks later.

One must imagine it’s very difficult keeping the momentum going when you’re 3-0, undefeated, and chomping at the bit. It would be tough on any coach to keep his team motivated not knowing when you will see the field again.

On Miner Mountain, Mingo Central head coach Josh Sammons is trying to guide his team through a rough 1-2 start. Mingo Central had no preseason whatsoever, unlike Tug Valley who played one scrimmage. The Panthers had two games under their belts before the Miners ever took a snap.

Mingo Central lost their home opener in a close one to the Man Hillbillies 28-24, then travelled to Oak Hill for their  second close loss, as they fell 34-26.

The Miners did get revenge on Tolsia on October 9, however. The Rebels clipped Mingo Central last season, so to get the win, especially, on the road, was big even if by only a touchdown.

Tug Valley was scheduled to be off this week, however, with Mingo County’s current color, they can practice, but not play. The Miners are scheduled off as well. Mingo Central’s next scheduled game will be October 23 against Herbert Hoover, who, is coached by former Miner head coach and assistant Joey Fields.

Tug Valley’s next scheduled game will also be that Friday as they will travel to Richwood.

Mingo County will learn it’s fate this Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.

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