By James Cook:
The 2017 high school football season begins Friday night officially after a trio of games on Thursday night in other areas across the state. Summers County ushers in the new season as the PikeView Panthers visit Hinton from Mercer County.
The Panthers have long been on Summers County’s schedule down through the years as both teams have played some very good games in the series. Chris Vicars debuts as the Bobcats’ new head coach after Nate Tanner headed to Martinsville, Virginia this summer. Vicars did turn around Independence High School (Raleigh County) in his short tenure there before returning home to coach the Bobcats.
The Bobcats lost some experience to graduation, but also bring back some experience in 2017 as Timmy Persiani will be behind center for the Bobcats. Marcus McGuire and Tucker Lilly both are back and as in the past Summers County will have some size and height at the wide receiver position with Andrew Richmond and Khalil Honaker. Jacob McBride also will return for the Bobcats.
Several players will play on both sides of the ball for the Bobcats including several of the names listed above. The Bobcats were (8-3) in 2016 losing to Gilmer County in the Class A playoffs.
PikeView was (2-8) in 2016 and has struggled a bit in recent years, but also brings back some key players in 2017 including Evan Rose a 1,000 yard rusher a year ago and is a threat to score when getting the ball. The offensive line also is experienced and very solid.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Garten Stadium.