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Jackets win 3 at Union

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BARBOURVILLE — Showcasing a deep array of receiving threats, the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets impressed in winning their first three games at a 7-on-7 tournament at Union College on Wednesday.“I think we’ve done a good job competing, we’re not as crisp as I’d like to see us but this is only day four and we’ll get there,” Jacket coach Zach Massengill said. “The kids are doing a really good job of listening and learning, and for the most part executing. We’ve had few drops and things like that but that’s just what time of year it is.”

 

Bobcats start work in shells

Friday was the first day teams could add shoulder pads to their helmets and the Bell County Bobcats were working out in their shells that morning.“Today was the first day we could put shoulder pads on. I scripted some plays so we could just let the offensive line hit some dummies and run the offense up and down the field. It’s just some conditioning and helps to start to get our timing down,” Bobcat head coach Wayne Mills said during a break in the session.

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Brown excited about potential of Wildcats’ offense

LEXINGTON — Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is only a few weeks away from not only having to pick a starting quarterback, but also put all the pieces together in UK’s offense.Recently he offered these insights into a variety of matters.Question: Where do you play freshman Stanley “Boom” Williams, a four-star recruit from Georgia?

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A swing and a prayer

Jay Compton|Daily NewsMiddlesboro senior quarterback Major Edwards swings a pass out to running back Ryan Pittman as offensive coordinator Neal Pucciarelli looks on during a recent 7-on-7 scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets are continuing their preparations for the upcoming season.

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ETSU unveils new team logos

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University has a new logo as part of a branding initiative for the school’s athletic teams.The new basic “E” logo that that incorporates the outline of the state of Tennessee as part of the letter comes just a month after the school was readmitted to the Southern Conference.The Johnson City Press reported there are also secondary logos, one of which includes the “E” logo as part of ETSU a...

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Experience already paying off for Bobcats

The Bell County Bobcats were a team very short on experience at this time last year. They had graduated a large class of seniors and were working against the clock to get unproven new starters ready at several key positions.It’s a different story this summer as the Bobcats return eight starters on offense and seven on defense along with several others who saw significant varsity action. Instead of using their practice time to get everyone up to speed on the basics, they’...

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Panthers will have new look on offense

HARROGATE, Tenn. — In the eleven years since the school came into existence, offensive football at Cumberland Gap has pretty well be synonymous with the spread formation. The school has produced it’s share of standout quarterbacks in a scheme designed to get the ball out quickly to four wide receivers and take advantage of inside running lanes.That scheme is going to change this season under the direction of Corey Russell, the first and greatest in that line of signal c...

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Construction ongoing at Commonwealth Stadium

LEXINGTON (AP) — The $110 million construction project at the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium will continue through the upcoming football season with the goal of finishing renovations before the 2015 kickoff.UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear says construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning.Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely told the Lexing...

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AD, basketball positions still open at MHS

It’s been a year of change for many of the sports programs at Middlesboro High School and with the start of the school year just around the corner a few key positions have yet to be filled.The changes started back in the spring when Zach Massengill replaced Randy Frazier as the Yellow Jackets’ head football coach. Then athletic director Bill Jones stepped down to take over as the new principal at Middlesboro Middle School. Early in the summer the Lady Jacket basketball ...

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Competition bringing out best in Jackets

The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets had a very productive last week in participating in 7-on-7 scrimmages and games against a lot of different teams over three days.Passing days at Corbin, Union College and Cumberland Gap gave new head coach Zach Massengill his first real chance to see his team go against other squads in competitive environments.“The biggest thing is it gives you a chance to compete against different people this time of year when you’re not in pad...

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Breakin’ up is hard to do

Jay Compton|Daily NewsJunior defensive back Isaac Muncy gets up to knock away pass during Bell County’s game against Southwestern at a 7-on-7 tournament at Union College earlier this week. Muncy, competing for a starting job in the Bobcat secondary, showed some good coverage skills during the tournament.

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Media picks ‘Bama to win SEC

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Media members covering the Southeastern Conference have pegged Alabama as the favorites to win the leage in voting as the SEC’s Media Days this week.The Crimson Tide received 154 of the 293 votes for SEC champion in the preseason poll while defending champion Auburn was second with 75 votes. Those two teams were the top choices to win the conference’s Western Divsion with South Carolina narrowly picked to win the East over Georgia.Me...

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