34th Annual Community Trust Bank/WYMT Pike County Bowl is almost here

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Community Trust Bank/WYMT Pike County Bowl is always an exciting time here in the mountains because it means that football is back.

The 34th Annual Pike County Bowl will kick off next weekend, but the Pike County Bowl Luncheon took place Wednesday.

All of the coaches were in attendance getting ready for the bowl games.

Belfry football's Philip Haywood says that the event has been shining a spotlight on Eastern Kentucky since the bowl began.

"It is one of the biggest and best things that has taken place for football in East Kentucky because 34 years ago there wasn't a bowl game up here," Haywood said. "They started it. The concept of it was to start bringing in teams from outside this area and expose them to us and us to them, and it's done that."

Not only does the event provide an exciting atmosphere for teams to play in and fans to enjoy, but it also helps the schools financially.

"Man it is unbelievable, the atmosphere is top notch," said Phelps' Football head coach David Jones. "I was fortunate to play in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game, and we played in Louisville at the Louisville stadium and the Tennessee stadium, and it (atmosphere of Pike Co. Bowl) is five times better than that. It's unreal, five-thousand fans and then the little schools get money in the game, too. So that helps us financially for traveling during the season and stuff like that, too."

All money raised is distributed to all high schools located in Pike County.

Over $846,000 has been given to the schools during the life of the bowl.

Below is a schedule of the four games:
Friday, August 24th (Belfry High School):
-Phelps vs. East Ridge (6:35 P.M.)
-Huntington vs. Belfry (8:35 P.M.)

Saturday, August 25th (Pikeville High School):
-Pike Central vs. Shelby Valley (6:35 P.M.)
-Lexington Christian vs. Pikeville (8:35 P.M.)

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