September 13, 2012
RED JACKET – The reemergence of the King Coal Bowl will be this Saturday as Mingo Central (1-1) plays host to Westside at James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium.
The King Coal Bowl was previously hosted by the former Williamson High School during the weekend of the festival at the old Lefty Hamilton Park.
The two squads are neck and neck in the WVSSAC rankings, just outside of the top 16. So this game could mean a lot toward making the playoffs.
Mingo Central is coming off one of its biggest wins in the young history of the consolidated school. They knocked off River View (a consolidation of Big Creek- and Iaeger) last Friday at home 34-12.
Westside (2-1) is coming into the game after a win over Man. They trailed at the half 7-6, but a second half surge lifted them to a 44-20 win over the Hillbillies.
Class AA Westside (2-1) rolled up 330 yards rushing for the game, led by sophomore quarterback Justin Cogar, who had 168 yards and scored four touchdowns. Mike Mullins added another 118 yards on the ground. Cogar was also 3-for-8 passing for an additional 64 yards.
Mingo Central was led by senior all-purpose back Joe May, who rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns against the Raiders. Young freshman quarterback Stevie Hammond is gaining experience each game and also scored a TD last Friday night for head coach Yogi Kinder and his staff.
The Miner’s defense stepped up big, especially in the second half, shutting out the potent River View offense. They are led by Garth Simpkins and Drew Kirk. Newcomer Joe Hall has helped MCHS, along with several other players who continue to improve.
Westside is coached by Darren Thomas.