NEWTOWN, W.Va. — The 17th annual Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl will be played under the lights at James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium on Saturday night.
Former West Virginia and Kentucky seniors will clash at Mingo Central’s field beginning at 8 p.m.
Event organizer and current Mingo Central head coach Danny “Yogi” Kinder said that Cliffs Natural Resources has agreed to become the game’s sponsor. The company becomes the bowl’s third.
The West Virginia all-stars hold a 10-6 lead over the Kentucky squad. Kentucky rolled to a 30-12 win last year at Matewan.
Kentucky won four out of the first five Hatfield-McCoy Bowls from 1996-2001, but West Virginia has won nine of the last 11 games.
West Virginia’s roster includes nine former Miners as well as players from Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Westside, River View and Wayne high schools.
Kentucky’s roster is dominated by eight Belfry Pirates as well as players from Pikeville, Pike Central, Phelps, Shelby Valley, Sheldon Clark, Prestonsburg, Allen Central, Betsy Layne, Letcher Central and Jenkins High Schools.
Here is a glance at both rosters:
West Virginia (10-6)
Coach: Joey Fields
Ashton Cline, R.J. Collins, Austin Compton, Alex Daniels, Corey Daniels, Nick Lee, Austin Reed, Jacob Staton, Matt Wellman, Mingo Central; Caleb Belcher, Thomas Belcher, Tyler Killen, John Toler, Michael Watts, Chapmanville; Zach Ellis, Marc Morris, Tyler Nelson, Matt Southers, Joe Street II, Logan; Shane Browning, Jimmy Duba, Man; John Bailey, LeShawn Benton, Brad Hardy, Kane McReynolds, Cody Stevens, River View; Allen Bryant, Clay Haddix, Paden Thompson, Wayne; and Thomas Forren, Dustin Tilley and Justin Tilley, Westside.
Coach: Jeff Norman
Gary Runyon, Howie Dotson, John Duty, Jonathan Aldana, Josh Dixon, Josh Nelson, Keegan Fields, Trey Willis, Belfry; Adam Crisp, Alex Garner, Wes Robinson, Prestonsburg; Alan Boggs, Justin Runyon, Pike Central; Austin Hall, Kory Jarrell, Betsy Layne; Corey Dollarhide, Logan Johnson, Koree Stewart, Sidney Fields, Letcher Central; Gavin Fleming, Jenkins; Gavin Miller, Randy Maynard, Tolliver Hefner, Zack Burgy-Vanhoose, Pikeville; K.P. Skyles, Taylor Chapman, Tim Smith, Zach Norman, Sheldon Clark; Lucas Fields, Shelby Valley; Micah Harlow, Sheldon Rice, Johnathan Carraway, Allen Central; and Coty Blankenship, Tommy Stiltner, Phelps.