East-West game set for Aug. 1 at Mingo Central

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NEWTOWN — Mingo Central High School head football coach Yogi Kinder is proud to announce the 2015 edition of the East-West All-Star Football Game.

The game will take place on the campus of MCHS at Harless Stadium on Saturday, August 1 with kickoff set for 8 p.m.

Attorney Jeff Simpkins, of Simpkins Law Office, is the title sponsor of this year’s event.

The West Squad will don the colors of Marshall and will be coached by Mingo Central’s Offensive Coordinator Joey Fields, while the East Squad will wear WVU colors and be led by Westside head coach LarryCook.

Cook is a former WVU offensive linemen and also coached at the old Gilbert High School, which consolidated into MCHS in 2011.

Coach Kinder is serving as the East-West Game Director.

The West Team will consist of players from Mingo Central, Wayne, Logan, Chapmanville, Tug Valley, Man, Scott, Sissonville, South Charleston, Capital, and George Washington high schools.

The East Team’s players will come from Westside, Bluefield, Princeton, Wyoming East, Beckley Woodrow Wilson, Mount View, Shady Spring and River View high schools. Additional players/schools are expected to be added as the game approaches.

In the inaugural “EWAC” Game last year, the West team shut out the East, 35-0.

GW’s Jon Alexander guided the West team to a win going 12-for-18 in the air for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

The game replaced the old Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl that featured players from southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky battling on the gridiron at Matewan and later Mingo Central.

Prior to that, the game was known as the Kiwanis Senior Bowl that started in 1957 and was played in Williamson.

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