35th 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 35th Annual Pike County Bowl will kick off in a couple of weeks, but the Pike County Bowl Luncheon took place Thursday.

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

More than $883,000 has been given to the schools during the life of the bowl.

"I don't think anybody envisioned it being where it is today," said Community Trust Bank - Pikeville Market President Brett Keene. "Just turned it into one of the premier events and bowl games in the state of Kentucky. For us, it is just a great opportunity to give back to the community and give the kids an opportunity and chance to play."

The games not only help the Pike County Schools with funds but also provide a great atmosphere and great competition for the schools.

It's an event that the coaches say resembles a playoff setting.

"It is a big event, the crowds that we have is just huge," said Belfry Football Head Coach Philip Haywood. "It's like the semifinal round of a playoff game. The atmosphere might not be as intense because it's a first-week game. But at the same time, you've got that size crowd there and there are tons of people who come out to watch that first football game of the season."

Below is a schedule of the four games for this year's Bowl:
Friday, August, 30 (Belfry High School)
--Phelps vs. East Ridge (6:35 P.M.)
-Lexington Christian vs. Belfry (8:35 P.M.)

Saturday, August 31 (Pikeville High School)
-Pike Central vs. Shelby Valley (6:35 P.M.)
-Mingo Central vs. Pikeville (8:35 P.M.)