PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The high school football season is finally here in the state of Kentucky and our Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week is back this year at WYMT, starting with a week zero game featuring 2A Prestonsburg at 1A Pikeville.
One of the fun aspects to any season getting started is all of the talk on social media - trash talk, jokes and hype.
Prestonsburg quarterback Jarredd Jarrell, however, does not have a Twitter handle - one of the rare exceptions in these days.
But he knows exactly what has been said.
"Some of the guys will say, 'Hey man look at this!' And I'm just like, 'OK, we are going to play Friday regardless of they say or we say.' I just try to encourage them to not even say anything -- talk on the field, say whatever on the field but don't say it behind the computer," the junior quarterback said. "You just gotta come out and play your game."
This is the time of year where every player is jacked up to hit someone. All of the 7-on-7s, the weight lifting, the running, and all of the offseason work pays off - at least hopefully. And when the game is a rivalry like P-Burg and Pikeville, you can guarantee passionate football.
"We are pumped," Jarrell said. "We are ready to play. There's been a lot of talk between the two teams and it's a rivalry game, it's the game of the week, it's the first game of the season so we want to set a tone for the season."
John Derossett's team is prepared for Pikeville, but his focus is on how his team reacts.
"While we want to win -- and we know this is a big, big game and we are going to have a good crowd follow us up there -- this is the beginning of a long march, a long season. So hopefully we will learn a lot of things," Derossett, the head coach at P-Burg said.
Some might consider this a revenge game considering Pikeville went into Prestonsburg and beat the Blackcats 37-20 last season.
Pikeville head coach Chris McNamee is concerned with Jarrell's ability to do multiple things as a duel threat quarterback.
"We counted in our game last year, there are plays he had six, seven seconds to throw the ball," McNamee said. "You can't ask for defensive backs to cover that long so we have got to do something to try to get some pressure and try to get him out of his rhythm just a little bit."