Here we go again – middle of the summer and it’s football season. Talk about climate change – used to be cold during football season, but now, at least until we get into late October, the “uniform of the day” on Friday night is usually a short sleeve shirt and shorts.

But that’s okay, it’s football season and here at Overton County News, we’re gearing up again to bring the best possible coverage of our young people going about the business of giving their best, not only on game day, but also every day of the week during practice. As fans, we all realize that it takes a lot of hard work to make a good mark and we’re sure all our teams will be working hard to bring home the titles at the end of each season.

To all the coaches at the Outlaws program, including Josh Cravens, Dustin Garrett, Cody Deck, Bryant Carr, Joe Smith, Brandon Cooper, Rusty Hammock, Andrew Goolsby, Josh Deck, Josh Mansell, and director Michael Hayes, we pass along our thanks and wishes for a very good season for all three divisions.

At the Junior Wildcats program, our very best to new head coach Kevin Coffee along with assistants David Sadler II, Jonathan Ramsey, and Jordan Thrasher. With a good group of returning players and some big and fast players at every position, things look good for a successful season.

And to Livingston Academy and head coach Bruce Lamb, who is starting his 12th season as head Wildcat, we’re excited with three pre-season All-State players and a great group of returning players who will make this another fun season. Thanks to coaches Danny McCoin, Tyler Livingston, Jeremy McDonald, Matthan Houser, Mark Winningham II, Darrian Barlow, and to newcomer Wade Eldridge for all the time and effort you put in to make it as good as possible.

There will be a sad note this season as we remember team “doc” Shawn Moffitt, who passed away earlier in the year. Shawn was a dedicated attendant of young people and they all loved him dearly as did all of us who worked with him.

To all the players from pre-school to high school, we all, coaches and fans, appreciate you and thank you for all the effort you put into making weekends so special. Everything written here would not be possible but for the dedication of all of you who toil so hard to give us delight.

So when I climb those concrete steps to the press box for the first time this fall, I can’t help but think that this is my 50th year of covering sports, and I love it as much today as I did that first game way back in 1969. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the finest young people ever and the programs here in Livingston have a special place in my heart.

Keep talking to us and we’ll keep writing about you, and 50 years from now, be sure to show your grandchildren those stories that proved you were “a hero” when you were in high school.

Give us a call anytime if we can do anything to make these pages better and more informative. – Mac McLeod, OCN Sports