Ridgeview Wolfpack (1-0)
Shelby Valley Wildcats (2-0)
When: Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Ridge, Rose Ridge, Va.
Series all time: Ridgeview leads 2-0 (Last meeting Ridgeview defeated Shelby Valley 49-0 on August 31, 2018 in Rose Ridge, Va.)
After an impressive 40-13 defeat of a strong Class 1 opponent in J. I. Burton, the Ridgeview Wolfpack open their home slate on Friday night. The Wolfpack welcome interstate rival Shelby Valley from the Bluegrass state to “The Ridge.”
The Wildcats come into the contest for the third straight year at 2-0, with victories over Letcher County Central and Pike County Central. The battle with the Hawks from Pikeville was a defensive battle with the Wildcats coming out on top 12-7.
Quarterback Dalton Meade is the player to watch for the Wildcats. Meade has only completed three passes over the first two games, but two of those have been for touchdowns. Meade is also an exceptional runner and amassed 373 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in the opening win over Letcher Central. Meade also excels on defense for the Wildcats as well, with 19 tackles and one interception on the young season.
The only regular season losses for Shelby Valley over the last two years have come at the hands of the Wolfpack. The Wildcats will look to exact revenge on Friday night high atop the Ridge.
The Wolfpack are led by junior running back Trenton Adkins, who tallied 357 yards and 5 Touchdowns in week one. Adkins was named Coalfield Sports Offensive Player of the Week nominee for his outstanding performance against the Burton Raiders. The interstate clash would also seem like a good opportunity to unleash the arm of quarterback Nick Phillips in preparation for district play, which begins next week. Phillips will look to receivers Timmy Hess, Brandon Beavers and Cannon Hill to get the aerial attack going for the Pack.
Even though the win over the Raiders was convincing for the Wolfpack, head coach Rick Mullins expressed that there was still a lot of work to do. The Pack turned the ball over four times against the Raiders a week ago and must be able to hold on to the pigskin moving forward as district play looms. Look for the Pack to work on ball control, ball handling and the passing game on Friday night against the Wildcats from Kentucky.
I was born a Haysi Tiger but unfortunately succumbed to a broken heart on a cold rainy afternoon in King William, Virginia on December 6, 2014.
However, I was reincarnated as a Wolf, and became a runner of the Ridgeview Wolfpack on August 28, 2015. You now hear me howling most autumn Friday nights high atop Rose Ridge in Dickenson County or anywhere else my Pack of hungry Wolves may be, from Grundy to Falcon Hill or from Ben Hur to Pikeville, Kentucky.
I never wolfed down (pun very intended) a Tiger Taco like Mr. Brady Hess, but I was and still am known to devour a pizza from Pizza Factory on Main Street in Haysi.
I have always wanted to write about sports and now I have the opportunity to thanks to those who have built this wonderful place on the world wide web. Hope y’all enjoy.