Bobcats Outlast Shady Spring 26-12

By James Cook:

The Summers County Bobcats got back at it last Friday when they traveled to Raleigh County to meet the Shady Spring Tigers. The Bobcats had a week off to shrug off the loss week one earlier to PikeView. The Bobcats broke a second quarter scoreless game on a Tucker Lilly short touchdown run and took a 6-0 lead and never looked back.summerscountyfootballhelmet

Summers grabbed a 20-6 lead after a Tucker Lilly 62 yard gallop to the end zone with the Tigers’ defense in chase , Lilly left them in the dust and scored, after a two point conversion the Bobcats were up by two touchdowns and this spelled the beginning of the end for Shady Spring.

Marcus McGuire ran for two touchdowns on the night including the last one midway through the fourth quarter giving the Bobcats a final score of 26-12. McGuire ran for 151 yards and Tucker Lilly ran for 85 yards on the ground along with his two touchdown runs. Lilly was under center because regular quarterback Tim Persiani left with an injury.

The Bobcats, now 1-1, will travel to Welch this Friday to battle the Mount View Golden Knights (2-1). Mount View is much improved from years past and this game will be a challenge for Summers County as the Golden Knights have a very good offense. Summers County defeated Mount View last year in Hinton.

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Bobcats Stopped by Panthers

By James Cook:

The Summers County Bobcats opened the 2017 season falling to PikeView 25-19 in a thriller of a opening game in Hinton on Friday night. The Bobcats played well, but PikeView’s defense would save the day in the end with a great defensive stand and a interception return for a touchdown.

summerscountyfootballhelmetMarcus McGuire had two touchdowns for Summers County on the night and Andrew Richmond hauled in a touchdown catch from Timmy Persiani.  The Bobcats also had a extra point blocked and a two point conversion stopped.

PikeView’s Hunter Mitchelson and Evan Rose each had two touchdowns for the Panthers as Rose had a 77 yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that helped the Panthers stave off the Bobcats, as Summers County quarterback Timmy Persiani was sacked on the final play of the game after the Bobcats had gotten within inches of the goal line on a pass to Tucker Lilly the play before.

Summers County will be idle next Friday, but will then travel to Shady Spring (1-0) in week three of the season. The Bobcats played hard on Friday night, but must recover from this tough loss as the schedule will get tougher as they go along this season.

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PikeView Comes to Hinton as 2017 Season Opens

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.

286fe-scThe 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.

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The Bobcats Have a New Coach in 2017

By James Cook:

The 2017 edition of the Summers County Bobcats will look a little different than in years past. The Bobcats welcome Chris Vicars as the new head coach this fall, as the former Independence football boss now commands the Bobcats. Nate Tanner, whom had very good success during his time in Hinton, moved on to neighboring Virginia to coach at Martinsville High School.summerscountyfootballhelmet

Tanner’s impact on the program was great and will be remembered as some of the most successful seasons in school history. The Bobcats made several playoff appearances in both Class AA and Class A in the last several years, they did not win a playoff game, but that’s not necessarily the point considering Summers County once struggled to win games in the fall. The Bobcats also hosted a playoff game for the first time in school history during Tanner’s tenure.

Mr.Vicars also turned Independence High School (Coal City, W.Va.) around while he was there as the Patriots saw playoff appearances in each of the last two seasons and boasted a very good running game with several different running backs in 2016. The Bobcats must replace Nathan Grimmett who was one of their workhorses the last few years as he now moves on to college. Summers County still has plenty of talent and will be on the radars of their 2017 opponents.

Vicars is a Hinton resident and was once an assistant coach for Summers County and also works in the county’s school system, so the hire seemed a fitting one for all those involved. We wish Coach Vicars well as he begins his tenure as Bobcats’ head football coach and we wish Coach Nate Tanner future success as he moves onto Martinsville to coach the Bulldogs.

The Summers County Bobcats begin preseason camp in early August and will battle PikeView on August 25th to begin the 2017 season.

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Football and other Fall Sports Announced for the Bobcats

By James Cook:

The Summers County Bobcats football team is set to begin practice on July 31st. Tuesday and Thursday practices are from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday between 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Chris Vicars

Cheer leading Tryouts July 31st- August 4th between 8 a.m.-12 noon at the school gym.
Coach: Aleshia Lilly

Golf practice will begin July 31st from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Willowwood Golf Course.
Coaches: Doug Trail and Jarod Ewing.

Girls Volleyball will begin practice on August 7th – August 8th and August 10th-August 11th at 8 a.m. -10 a.m. at the school gym.
Coach: Jason Massie

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Bobcats Season Over in Loss to Gilmer County

By James Cook:

Summers County finishes 8-3

The Summers County Bobcats fought hard , but fall versus Gilmer County Titans  34-20 on Saturday night at Glenville State College in the opening round of the 2016 Class A Playoffs. Gilmer County returned a 75 yard interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, but even then the Bobcats didn’t throw in the towel down 22-6.

Dillon Smith and Tucker Lilly each had touchdowns for the Bobcats, as Summers County got in a 16 point hole early on, but kept fighting on the night. Dacota Thomas also  scored for the Bobcats.

Overall a good year for the Bobcats and nothing to feel down about in 2016, not the way the Bobcats hoped to end the season, but still a very good year on the gridiron for Summers County.

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Bobcats Begin Class A Playoffs Saturday Night

By James Cook:

The Summers County Bobcats will the Class A playoffs Saturday night at Glenville State College as they are set to battle the Gilmer County Titans (10-0) in the first round.bobcat

The Bobcats were impressive in their last three games of the 2016 regular season in which they won all three to finish the season (8-2) overall. The Bobcats once again had a nice regular season and hope to begin a playoff run beginning Saturday night.

Best of luck to the Bobcat players, coaches, and fans as they travel north this weekend. We also wish safe travels to all involved.

(Editor’s Note)  If you’re going to the game, get off I-79 at the Burnsville/Glenville exit #79 and turn left toward Glenville.  When you get to Glenville and the stop sign (right past a McDonalds) turn left and go up the hill.  As you get to the top of the hill and it levels out you will need to take a sharp right at the sign pointing toward the stadium which will be on your left after following the road a short way.

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