Football is on the horizon

On Wednesday, a fairly rare feat took place at Williamstown High School. That’s where veteran head football coach Terry Smith watched sophomore Michael Beck earn the Yellowjackets’ annual Ironman competition award.

“I don’t really have him written down as a starter right now, but he’ll figure in the backfield,” said coach Smith. “He’s in contention for a fullback job and an inside linebacker job. He would be our third one right now (at linebacker).

“He may end up being one of our top two. He’s working hard and doing good. He’s gotten bigger, faster and stronger. He’s certainly strong and fast.”

Beck, since he won the award as a 10th grader, will have a chance in the next two years to win it three times in a row, which is something that was done by only Ross Elder. Elder, though, actually tied with Travis Buttrey for the top spot as a senior.

I’ve been looking at some of our area teams in the Little Kanawha Conference and trying to figure out exactly how their season might wind up. However, that’s a pretty daunting task at this point to say the least.

Fans who would like to catch a glimpse of what the Yellowjackets might be bringing to the table this year may do so by heading to Belpre at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. That’s when WHS will scrimmage both the host Golden Eagles as well as Caldwell. Williamstown’s other scrimmage date is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 with a home battle against Liberty (Harrison).

WHS rival Wirt County, which will be sporting a new quarterback with Josh Trembly’s transfer to Parkersburg High, will open up its preseason with a 10 a.m. scrimmage on Aug. 17 versus Frontier at Wilson-Eismon Field. The following Saturday, the Tigers will make the trek to Mason to go up against host Wahama and Magnolia, which could prove to be worth the drive.

Thus far, Calhoun County head coach Michael Fitzwater’s Red Devils only have one scrimmage lined up and that will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 in Mt. Zion against Paden City.

I already know it’s going to be a hard game to pick in week one, but the Red Devils’ opener against Gilmer County could be a barnburner.

Excitement is high in Glenville and the Titans do have a favorable schedule if they can somehow manage to get off on the right track. The Titans, who will be playing on the new turf at Morris Stadium, will have a 9 p.m. evening scrimmage on Aug. 17 against Richwood and then welcome Pendleton County to town for a 1 p.m. get-together on Aug. 24.

Roane County, looking to once again crack the double-A playoff field for head coach Paul Burdette, has a scrimmage set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 against Ripley at County Stadium. On Aug. 23, the Raiders will visit Sissonville.