Did someone say road trip?
Actually sports editor Aaron Snyder did, as he has me burning up I-64 this weekend to cover three different season openers.
On Thursday, I was in the press box at Jayne Stadium to see Morehead State’s opener against Pikeville. The Eagles are starting their first season under the helm of Rob Tenyer.
Tonight, I will travel east as I take in Fairview’s season opener against East Carter in Grayson. The Eagles are looking to build off of last year’s state championship game appearance.
And on Saturday, I find myself in Huntington for Marshall’s season opener against Miami (Ohio). The Thundering Herd have high expectations this season, and will look to get off to a fast start against the struggling Red Hawks of the Mid-American Conference.
On the way, I hope to experience some awesome junk food (Waffle House anyone?), some tailgaiting (hot dogs anyone?) and especially some great
Game of the week
-Raceland at Ashland, 7:30 p.m. Raceland has all the tools to leave Putnam Stadium with a win, including a punishing defense that will look to bottle up the Ashland offense.
This game also features two of the best running backs in the area in Raceland’s Daylin Beach and Ashland’s Quinton Baker.
I can see this game going two directions — a running exhibition with a lot of yards on the ground or a great defensive battle between the teams.
-Fairview’s regular season streak. Going into tonight’s game against East Carter, Fairview has won 21 straight during the regular season.
In the past three regular seasons, the Eagles have gone 29-1 with the one loss coming against a good Lexington Christian team in 2010.
The Eagles have outscored opponents 980-238 during the streak. Fairview also holds a four-game winning streak over East Carter.
-Ivan McGlone: King of the season opener. Russell’s head coach has enjoyed a lot of success in the first game of the season.
Entering his 42nd year overall as a high school football coach, McGlone has gone 27-9 in Russell season openers.
McGlone has led Russell to 12 straight season-starting wins. Russell hosts Greenup County tonight.
With McGlone as the head coach, the Red Devils have an impressive 30-5 record against the Musketeers — the last loss in the Backyard Brawl came in 2010 in the second game of the Red Devils’ season.
-A.J. Cyrus is good. This is just me gloating, but I told the rest of The Independent staff that Lawrence County will be ready to show off in the first game of the season.
To go along with Cyrus’ 165 yards rushing against Boyd County, the dynamic quarterback threw for 134 yards as well. Look for Cyrus to have another big game as the Bulldogs travel to Rowan County tonight.
Into the airwaves
This week’s radio coverage:
Raceland at Ashland (WBVB 97.1-FM); Boyd County at Mason County (wlgcradio.com); Greenup County at Russell (WLGC 105.7-FM); Fairview at East Carter (wlgcradio.com); Holy Trinity at Johnson Central (98.9 WSIP-FM); Lawrence County at Rowan County (WZAQ 92.3-FM, WMOR 106.1-FM); West Carter at Bath County (99.7 WUGO-FM); Wheelersburg at Ironton (WIRO 1230 AM).
Watch a live broadcast: Russell-Greenup County will be streamed at greenupbeacon.com. Click on “live streaming & archives.”
Worried about me on my road trip? You can check up on me by following @KHobstetter on Twitter. You can also follow @DindependentQB for all your weekly high school sports news and score updates. He will also be giving me bad directions.
KYLE HOBSTETTER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2658.