Bell County hosted their annual “Meet the Bobcats” event on Friday evening.
In addition to having all of this year’s football players introduced to the crowd, the athletes from the other fall sports at the school were introduced along with the cheerleaders and all the Bell County middle school and youth football teams. The night also served a fundraiser for the booster with a cake auction and other items for sale.
“The biggest thing is we wanted to recognize all of our student-athletes and cheerleaders. We had the little bitty ones here tonight all the way up to our high school kids,” Bobcat coach Wayne Mills said. “It is a community. Bell County is not just about the high school, and this community gets behind these kids. We want those young kids to have dreams that they want to come here and play or cheerlead on Friday nights. I hope I’m still around to coach them.”
After a day of rainy weather, things dried up enought for the even to go on as scheduled at football field. After all of the introductions, the Bell varsity football team took the field for a full practice in front of the fans. They worked on special teams, did some of the Oklahoma drill, and eventually went into a full 11-on-11 scrimmage.
“The weather broke for us and the rain held off. That shows that God’s a Bobcat fan,” Mills joked. “It’s just an exciting night for our fans and our kids. We get a lot of good work out of our kids because of the fans being out and getting behind them. It’s also a good money-maker for our boosters to provide the kids with food and the things we need throughout the season.”
Mills was pleased to have the opportunity to let his players work in front of a big crowd.
“At this point we’ve got to start making some strides because we’ll be playing a game in two weeks,” he added. “Even though this is kind of a meet and greet, we’re using it as a chance to scrimmage with our ones on ones and see how they react with people in the stands. It gives us a little bit of a look at how they’ll perform when the lights come on.”
Bell County will scrimmage Clay County on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the SEKC Gridorama at Corbin. Middlesboro takes on the Redhounds in the nightcap. The Bobcats open the regular season on Aug. 22 at South Pittsburg, Tenn.