Tug Valley Football
The Tug Valley Panthers recently concluded their 2022 season with a commendable 6-4 record, showcasing a promising young roster that has fans eagerly looking forward to the future. Though they narrowly missed out on a playoff berth, the Panthers’ overall performance and early success have left a lasting impression on both their supporters and opponents.
The Panthers burst out of the gates with an impressive start to the season, compiling a 5-1 record that instilled a sense of hope and excitement among their dedicated fanbase. Notably, they secured resounding victories over Shady Spring and Sherman, two formidable opponents in the region. These early triumphs served as a testament to the Panthers’ potential.
With an average of 27 points per game, the Panthers’ offense displayed flashes of brilliance and firepower throughout the season. Their ability to produce at such a high level undoubtedly contributed to the team’s early success. On the defensive end, the Panthers held their own, surrendering an average of 20 points per game. While there were occasional defensive lapses, the team’s ability to keep games close was a testament to their resilience and determination. With a solid foundation on defense, the Panthers showcased their potential to compete against challenging opponents.
However, as the season progressed, the Panthers faced some adversity and encountered a few stumbling blocks. Going 1-3 down the stretch proved to be a significant setback, ultimately causing them to fall short of a coveted playoff spot. While the disappointment of missing the postseason may sting, the Panthers can take solace in the fact that they were competitive in every game and never gave up, even in the face of adversity.
One of the most encouraging aspects of the Panthers’ 2022 campaign was the youth and talent displayed by their roster. With a substantial number of returning players, the team’s future appears bright. The experience gained by their young squad this season will undoubtedly serve as a valuable building block for future success. As these players continue to develop and mature, the Panthers’ potential to make a playoff run in the upcoming seasons is certainly within reach.
As the 2023 high school football season approaches, the Tug Valley Panthers are gearing up for what promises to be an exciting and competitive campaign. Under the guidance of Coach Ford, the Panthers are bringing an experienced team to the field, with the return of 18 starters from the previous year. With a talented roster and strong leadership, the Panthers have high hopes for a successful season.
Leading the charge for the Panthers is tight end Buddy Marcum and offensive lineman Luke Batrum. These two players have established themselves as the cornerstones of the program, both on and off the field. Marcum’s athleticism and reliable hands make him a reliable target for the Panthers’ quarterback, while Batrum’s strength and skill provide a solid foundation for the team’s offensive line. Their leadership and experience will undoubtedly play a vital role in the team’s success.
In addition to Marcum and Batrum, the Panthers boast a group of talented individuals who are poised to make a significant impact. Bryson Elia, Dakota Ooten, Dakoda Walker, Ashton Davis, and Adam Slone have showcased their abilities during practices and offseason workouts. Their skills and dedication will be essential in elevating the team’s performance to new heights.
However, success for the Panthers hinges not only on individual talent but also on their ability to work together as a cohesive unit. Coach Ford has emphasized the importance of teamwork and unity, highlighting the fact that a united team can achieve far more than a group of talented individuals. If the Panthers can stay healthy and play as a collective force, they have the potential to have a standout season.
Looking ahead to the schedule, the final four-game stretch will likely be crucial for the Panthers’ season. They will face formidable opponents in Mount View, Westside, Man, and Van, and these matchups will undoubtedly test the team’s mettle. How they perform during this pivotal period could determine their postseason aspirations and set the tone for the team’s overall success.
As the 2023 high school football season unfolds, the Tug Valley Panthers are well-positioned to make their mark. With a wealth of returning starters, talented leaders, and a commitment to teamwork, the Panthers have the ingredients for a memorable season. The community eagerly awaits the kickoff, as they rally behind their beloved team, confident that this year’s squad will leave an indelible mark in the annals of Tug Valley football history.
2023 Tug Valley Football Roster
Senior Football Roster
- Class: A
- City: Williamson
- County: Mingo
- Superintendent: Dr. Johnny Branch
- Principal: Dr. Doug Ward
- Assistant Principal: Tamra Ferris
- Athletic Director: Clyde Farley
- Head Coach: Hady Ford
- Assistant Coaches: Noah Lucas, Gideon Jarvis, Gabriel Varney, Easton Davis
- Sports Medicine Staff: : Joey Carey, Blake Chapman
- Cheerleading Coaches: Tara Mitchell, Marie White
- Cheerleaders: Selicity Baisden, McKynnli Farley, Jessica Spaulding, Laura Spaulding, Kylee Reed, Tailyn Russell, Amelya Wellman, Chelsea Perry, Lila Duncan, Molly Hatfield, Alyson Marcum, Tyson Miller, Addison Ooten, Gracie Baisden, Payton Moore, Maddie Messer, Megan Pack, Alexa Perry
- Nickname: Panthers
- Band Director:
- Team Doctor: Amy Colegrove
- Managers: Joe Brawley
- Statistician: Dr. Jerry Mounts
- Video: Wendell Hensley
- Head Coach Information
# Pos. Name Gr Ht Wt Avg
1 WR/DB Cameron Slone 9 6’0 160
2 WR/DB Brady Brewer 11 6’5 195
3 QB/DB Preston May 9 5’9 155
4 WR/DB Jarron Holyfield 9 5’11 150
7 WR/LB Michael Curtis 12 5’9 145
8 K/DE Jacob White 10 5’9 165
10 WR/LB Hubert (Buddy) Marcum 12 6’4 245
13 WR/DE Ashton Davis 11 6’2 205
15 RB/LB Austin Smith 11 5’10 180
18 WR/DB Derek Jewell 9 5’8 155
20 WR/DB Gavin Fitzpatrick 10 5’9 145
22 RB/LB Cane Thompson 9 6’1 180
23 RB/LB Adam Slone 11 6’1 175
28 RB/DB Bryson Elia 10 5’10 155
33 K/DB Aiden Bosserman 11 5’7 135
52 OL/DL Ricky Nelson 12 5’8 250
53 OL/DL Dylan Meade 11 5’10 240
54 OL/DL Max Hatfield 11 6’1 230
55 OL/DL Dakoda Walker 11 6’4 275
56 OL/DL Keaton Nelson 9 5’7 190
60 OL/DL Braxton Perry 10 6’5 210
62 OL/DL Jacob Jones 11 5’9 210
68 OL/DL Marshall Jarvis 9 6’1 290
72 OL/DL Gage Preece 11 6’1 210
73 OL/DL Michael Starr 12 5’10 290
75 OL/DL Noah Canterbury 10 6’3 245
77 OL/DL Luke Bartram 12 6’2 240