The annual Hatfield-McCoy Senior All-Star football game is no more.
This summer’s game will have a different format.
It will be the inaugural East-West Senior All-Star game once again sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources.
The two teams will be made up of players entirely from West Virginia, rather than a team from the Mountain State and a Kentucky team like in past years.
The game will be played on Saturday, August 2 at Buck Harless Stadium on the campus of Mingo Central High School.
There will even be new color schemes – yellow and green. In past years West Virginia had the navy blue and gold, while the Bluegrass State had the UK blue and white.
The “yellow” is the East team, while the “Green” squad is the West team.
Longtime Matewan and Mingo Central Head Coach Yogi Kinder and Joey Fields will be the game directors. Fields is an assistant to Kinder at MCHS and guided the West Virginia squad to victory the past two years in the Hatfield-McCoy Bowl.
“This year’s game will be East versus West, splitting the state up into two parts,” Kinder said. “This will be easier to get good quality coaches. Because the West Virginia teams are all on the same calendar, it really has been hard getting coaches in Kentucky because they are already busy with their high school teams.”
Kentucky schools start practice and playing earlier than their counterparts in the Mountain State.
“The Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl has been a good thing for many years,” Kinder said. “We have been planning this and talking about it for several years. Now is the right time to make the change. It will much easier to get players and coaches. There are a lot of good players that are not picked for our North-South game from the southern part of the state. The West team will practice in Logan and at Scott. The East team will practice at Princeton High School. Cliffs Natural Resources will be our team sponsor again this year.”
The West roster will be comprised of players from these high schools — Wayne, Mingo Central, Chapmanville, Logan, Man, George Washington, Capital, South Charleston, Tug Valley, Scott and a few more.
The East team will have players from schools like Bluefield, Princeton, River View, Mount View and many others.
Players will come from theses counties:
East Team: McDowell, Wyoming, Mercer, Summers, Monroe, Raleigh and Webster counties.
West Team: Mingo, Logan, Boone, Wayne, Cabell, Kanawha and Lincoln counties.
The coach for the West squad will be Logan High School head coach Gary Mullins. The coach for the East squad has not yet been named.
The rosters for the game have not been released and are still being finalized. Several top players have already committed to playing.
Fields said that there is a lot of talent in the southern part of West Virginia, especially from areas like Bluefield and Princeton.
The Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl, which lasted for 18 years, had some great action on the gridiron. It was played at Matewan’s Tiger Field and later moved to Harless Stadium. West Virginia won 12 out of the 18 games.
It was started after the old Kiwanis Senior Bowl folded. That all-star game was held at Lefty Hamilton Park in Williamson before coming to an end.
The K-Bowl started back in 1957 and lasted until the mid-1980s. The only time that game wasn’t played was the summer after the disastrous 1977 flood.
All-Time Series (1996-2013):
2013: West Virginia 32, Kentucky 7
2012: West Virginia 37, Kentucky 12
2011: Kentucky 30, West Virginia 14
2010: West Virginia 20, Kentucky 0
2009: West Virginia 30, Kentucky 12
2008: West Virginia 22, Kentucky 14
2007: West Virginia 22, Kentucky 14
2006: West Virginia 32, Kentucky 19
2005: West Virginia 7, Kentucky 6
2004: West Virginia 8, Kentucky 0
2003: Kentucky 40, West Virginia 36
2002: West Virginia 14, Kentucky 12
2001: West Virginia 14, Kentucky 6
2000: Kentucky 6, West Virginia 0
1999: Kentucky 18, West Virginia 12
1998: Kentucky 22, West Virginia 19
1997: West Virginia 11, Kentucky 0
1996: Kentucky 7, West Virginia 0