Letcher County Central Cougars Montana Morton, left, and Noah Brock enjoy Bengals practice Monday as first-round draft pick A.J. Green (18) comes off the field.

Now that the NFL lockout is history and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals training camp schedule has been finalized, the two most popular sessions are set for this weekend.

The annual Scrimmage is set for 7 p.m., Friday (Aug. 5) and roaming the Toyota Stadium sidelines will be the Cincinnati cheerleaders, known as the Ben-Gals. Then at high noon Saturday (Aug. 6), the Mock Game will kick-off with great implications for the final roster.

Be sure to check the Bengals Camp website before you visit, as sessions are always subject to change. At this point, the complex is closed Sunday (Aug. 7)  and Thursday-Sunday of next week (Aug. 11-14) as the team travels to Detroit to face the Lions in the pre-season exhibition opener on Aug. 12. The last day of camp is Aug. 18.

Taking full advantage of Monday’s clear, hot morning session were 53 young football players that make up the Letcher County Central Cougars. All the way from Whitesburg, Coach Junior Matthews and six assistants brought 29 players from their 7th/8th-grade squad and 24 from the 5th/6th-grade team for a look at hopeful Bengals trying to make the cut.

After practice, the Letcher group enjoyed a sack lunch before collecting autographs from a number of players. Then, they toured the Georgetown College campus and got to hear from Georgetown College Tigers Football Coach Bill Cronin and President Bill Crouch.

This whole special Bengals-GC day was made possible by Georgetown College trustee Missy Childers Matthews ’93, President & CEO of Childers Oil and Doublekwik convenience stores. Junior is the CFO.