Glenville heads to Spencer

I’ve been to a lot of football camps in the past couple of weeks.

I’ve also talked with a lot of coaches and a large contingent of football players from places like Spencer, Elizabeth, Mt. Zion and Glenville.

It’s an obvious fact the vast majority of prep football players are never going to play at the next level. However, that shouldn’t be a deciding factor whether to try and continue playing if they so desire.

Glenville State preseason All-American candidate Jon Rasnick is living proof of that. He came out of high school in Virginia as a small 6-foot, 250-pounder. Following a redshirt season for the Pioneers he grew two inches, added plenty of muscle to his frame and continues to dominate as a center in Division II.

Speaking of the G-men from Gilmer County, I’m anxious to see how well they can do in the first season of the new Mountain East Conference.

I was totally amazed at the progress going on at the Waco Center in Glenville and the facelift which continues at Morris Stadium.

Although GSC head coach David Hutchison’s squad has went against one another only once in a scrimmage thus far, the place to be on Saturday will be in Spencer when the Pioneers have another scrimmage.

This time the Pioneers will be at County Stadium – home of the Roane County Raiders – so they can compete on natural grass.

“That’s the first time we’ve ever had a college football team in town as far as performing,” said Raider head football coach Paul Burdette.

“It gives Glenville a chance to get out in other communities and show what they have and what I think people are missing out on. It also gives us a chance to show our facilities off and the type of place we have here in Spencer.”

Starting at 3:30 pm., Roane County will do a fall sports meet the teams and beginning at 4:30 p.m. the future Raiders’ midget and middle school football players will go through an hour long clinic with the Pioneers.

“They will be out there with them doing basic drills. It’s good for the kids,” Burdette added. “Some of them will never get that chance.”

At 5:30 p.m., the G-men will take to the field for a scrimmage that is expected to last for two hours and is free to the public.

“VMI (our season opener) is grass and we’re going to go over there (to Spencer) and play on their grass to get used to it,” Hutchison said. “Our first two games are on the road and this gives us a chance to practice a road trip.

“Everyone is excited and coach Burdette being a Glenville graduate he was excited to help promote Glenville football. We had a few meetings and ironed everything out.”

Hutchison said he got the idea for the trip after talking with Spencer’s Jeff Boyles and things really got rolling once Terry Williams, the mayor of Spencer, got involved.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com