After the crazy, abbreviated and disaster that was the 2020 COVID-disrupted high school football season, the 2021 grid campaign was pretty much a rebuilding season for every team.

The Tug Valley and Mingo Central High School football teams only played three games each in the weird 2020 season.

Both returned to a more normal pigskin season last fall as the Panthers and Miners were able to play a conventional 10-game season.

Both suffered sub .500 seasons – Tug Valley at 4-6 and Mingo Central a step below that at 3-7.

The Panthers and Miners hope to change that this fall.

Heading into the 2022 season, both teams are hungry for improvement and hope to make a run at the Class AA and Single-A playoffs.

The Miners and Panthers are set to hit the field for the first time on Monday as preseason practices are slated to begin for Mingo County's two high school teams.

Still a year away from playing each other for the first time since 2011 and beginning the first of an initial two-year, two-game contract, both Tug Valley and Mingo Central are eager to get things started next week.

The two teams went through the three-week June practice period and both saw some positive signs and things to build on.

Tug Valley, coached by Hady Ford, is scheduled to open the regular season a day early, on Thursday, Aug. 25 at home against Class AA Shady Spring. It will be one of only a handful of games going on that night across the state.

Mingo Central, coached by Chase Moore, is off in Week 1 and opens on Sept. 2 at Westside. With the bye week coming at the start of the season the Miners will play 10 games in 10 weeks with no let up.

The Miners' home opener is the following week on Sept. 9 vs. Point Pleasant.

Mingo Central's new opponents this season are Westside, Scott and Mount View. They replace Wyoming East, Greenbrier East and Bluefield.

Tug's lone new foe this is Phelps, Ky. The Panthers were originally slated to face the Hornets last season but the game was cancelled due to COVID issues. Tug replaced Phelps last year with Clay County.

Both Tug Valley and Mingo Central are scheduled to play in a pair of preseason games prior to the openers.

The Miners are looking for their first playoff berth in three years. MCHS made eight straight trips to the post-season from 2012-19.

Tug Valley is also hoping to land its first trip to the playoffs in three years. TVHS advanced to the post-season six times from 2012-19.

MINGO CENTRAL FOOTBALL CAMP: Mingo Central High School will host the one-day Mingo Central Football Camp on Saturday, July 30 at MC's Buck Harless Stadium.

The camp, for students in grades K-8, will run from 6-9 p.m.

The cost is $20 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt.

TUG VALLEY FOOTBALL CAMP: Tug Valley is scheduled to host a one-day youth football camp on Friday, July 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Tug Valley High School's Bob Brewer Stadium in Naugatuck.

The camp is for for students ages 5-14.

The cost is $20 per camper, which includes a camp T-shirt.

Free snacks will also be provided.

2022 Mingo Central

High School Football

Schedule:

Aug. 25: OPEN DATE

Sept. 2: at Westside, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 9: Point Pleasant, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16: Man, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23: at Poca, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Scott, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14: Shady Spring, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21: at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Chapmanville, 7 p.m.

Nov. 4: at Mount View, 7:30 p.m.

2021 Mingo Central

High School Football Results (3-7):

Sept. 3: at Wyoming East, W 43-12

Sept. 10: at Point Pleasant, L 28-66

Sept. 17: at Man, L 6-7

Sept. 24: Poca, L 13-22

Oct. 1: Greenbrier East, L 12-55

Oct. 8: Tolsia, W 65-0

Oct. 15: at Shady Spring, W 45-12

Oct. 22: Herbert Hoover, L 0-57

Oct. 29: at Chapmanville, L 20-35

Nov. 5: at Bluefield, L 6-55

Mingo Central Miners All-Time

Year by Year Record:

2021: 3-7

2020: 1-2

2019: 9-3 (Beat Shady Spring 13-7, Lost to Bridgeport 28-8 in Class AA playoffs)

2018: 8-3 (Lost to Point Pleasant 65-36 in Class AA playoffs)

2017: 12-1 (Beat Robert C. Byrd 76-40, Beat Liberty Harrison 53-21, Lost to Fairmont Senior 35-6 in Class AA playoffs)

2016: 14-0 (Class AA state champs, beat Fairmont Senior 32-7 in state title game; Beat Liberty Harrison 55-7, Beat Keyser 32-8, Beat James Monroe 41-21 in Class AA playoffs)

2015: 10-3 (Beat Summers County 68-28, Beat Bluefield 35-22, Lost to Tolsia 22-0 in Class AA playoffs)

2014: 10-2 (Beat Sissonville 35-13, Lost to Wayne 35-17 in Class AA playoffs)

2013: 8-3 (Lost to Sissonville 28-18 in Class AA playoffs)

2012: 5-6 (Lost to Keyser 61-14 in Class AA playoffs)

2011: 5-5

TOTAL: 85-35 (70.8 winning percentage)

2022 Tug Valley

High School Football

Schedule:

Aug. 25: Shady Spring, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: at Sherman, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9: at Symmes Valley, Ohio, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 16: Phelps, Ky., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23: at Hurley, Va., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7: BYE WEEK

Oct. 14: Mount View, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21: Westside, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Man, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4: at Van, 7:30 p.m.

2021 Tug Valley

High School Football Results (4-6):

Aug. 27: at Shady Spring, L 0-42

Sept. 3: vs. Sherman (at Williamson), L 14-38

Sept. 10: Symmes Valley, Ohio, L 14-55

Sept. 17: BYE WEEK

Sept. 24: Hurley, Va., W 46-12

Oct. 1: Tolsia, W 41-0

Oct. 15: at Mount View, L 25-46

Oct. 22: at Westside, W 29-22

Oct. 26: at Clay County, L 6-40

Oct. 29: at Man, L 28-35

Nov. 5: Van, W 42-20

Tug Valley Panthers Last 10 years:

2021: 4-6

2020: 3-0

2019: 7-4 (Lost 42-0 at Williamstown in Class A playoffs)

2018: 4-6

2017: 10-2 (Beat Pocahontas County 30-29, Lost to St. Marys 47-0 in Class A playoffs)

2016: 8-4 (Lost to Tolsia 26-20 in Class A playoffs)

2015: 8-4 (Beat Man 38-28, Lost to Moorefield 55-26 in Class A playoffs)

2014: 11-2 (Beat Man 16-12, Beat Buffalo 36-19, Lost to Williamstown 42-28 in Class A playoffs)

2013: 2-7

2012: 8-3 (Lost to Weirton Madonna 58-12 in Class A playoffs)

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