Varsity Football Attends Fayette County Football Media Day


Sylvie Call

One of the biggest losses that the football team had this season was against Riverwood High School in late August. It was an early game in the season, but the loss 13-52 was not an easy blow.

Fayette County High School hosted the first Fayette County Football Media Day. McIntosh, Fayette County, Our Lady of Mercy, Sandy Creek, Starr’s Mill, and Whitewater all attended. Media Day began at 10 and lasted until around noon on Saturday, August 4.

Coach Booker of Fayette County High School began the Media Day acknowledging how college football has Media Day before the season starts, so he felt that having a laid back Media Day with every team would be a good way to start the football season off. Each football team was given 15-20 minutes with the Media for a Q and A session.

McIntosh’s Coach Belknap and three senior players including Dane Kinamon, Ryan Cate, and Ryan Siegel were the first team up at the interview table with the Media.

When asked about the team as a whole, Coach Belknap said, “They have a similar feel to last year, very tight group. They care about each other and I think they are going to get the job done.”

With the mention of losing some players who graduated in May, Coach Belknap replied, “As a coach the ride is always bittersweet. The seniors leave and the team leaves, but as a coach, we always set goals and expectations for the team. We talk about the goals early and often, we let the seniors know that they are the team. Hopefully, the wins and losses and goals take care of themselves.”

Cate, who will be playing as a running back and wide receiver, said, “I definitely try to take a leadership role as a receiver and running back because as a senior, we have to step up for the team.”  

Siegel, who will be playing both offense and defense this season, said, “I’m just trying to contribute to the team as much as possible.”

Kinamon, who will be starting at quarterback for the second consecutive season for the Chiefs, committed to play football at the Air Force Academy earlier this year.  “My brother and my dad went there so it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go for a long time,” he said.

Cate, Siegel, and Kinamon are all going to have a big impact on McIntosh’s success this upcoming season. The team kicked off the season with a scrimmage at Pike County on August 9th. The regular season will begin for the Chiefs on August 17th when they travel to Mundy’s Mill to take on the Tigers.