By: By Kyle Lovern
October 29, 2013
Mingo Central won its biggest game in the school’s short history on the grid iron this past Friday with a 26-20 victory over visiting Class AAA Logan.
The win guarantees the Miners their first winning season with its 6th win of the season. This improved Mingo Central to 6-2 on the season.
For Mingo Central the victory over Logan has been dubbed as the biggest win in school history.
This is only the third season of the new consolidated school. They finished 5-5 in the first two seasons, but did make playoffs for the first time last year. However they lost big to highly ranked Keyser in the first round to finish 5-6.
The win for head coach Yogi Kinder, his staff and the Miners, gives them momentum heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Mingo Central will travel to Kanawha County to take on Herbert Hoover this week and will play host to Mt. View in the finale of the regular season on Friday, November 8th.
If the Miners finish at 8-2, they could host their first ever playoff game.
The win was their first over the Wildcats. This game could be a real rivalry in the coming seasons if the schools continue to keep it on the schedule.
However, Logan and Mingo Central are most likely not going to be playing each other next season as the contract is expired. It may not be renewed because the Miners joined the Class AA Cardinal Conference last year.
They still have to add Sissonville and Scott to their schedule in 2014 to have a complete slate of conference games. That leaves little room for out of conference contests on the 10-game regular season schedule.
Those teams that will likely be axed are Logan and Webster County. Other non- conference schools Mingo Central played this year are Wyoming East, Westside and the season finale with Mt. View.
I’m sure fans from both schools would like to see this rivalry continue. I think most fans would also like to see the basketball teams from both schools compete.
The close proximity of the two schools makes natural geographic sense.
But, let’s get back to this year’s Mingo Central football team.
The victory over Logan was a hard-fought, gutsy win for the young Miners.
If the Miners win out it would be a historic event for the school – which has combined the four communities of Williamson, Matewan, Delbarton, Gilbert and every little town in between.
This would do a great deal for blending the athletic programs at the consolidated school. The transition was rather smooth and the coaches, school administrators and boosters have done a great job of meshing the student athletes together.
If the Miners host a first-ever playoff game at the multi-million dollar Buck Harless Stadium in three weeks, hopefully there will be a huge crowd on hand to support the new school.
There are still many fans that have not come out to support the programs. Hopefully that will change.
As Bob Dylan once wrote in his historic 1960s song – “The Times They Are a Changin’ ” and you cannot live in the past.
Good luck to the Miners coaches and players as they venture into new, uncharted territory.
The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU’s Saturday, Nov. 9, Big 12 Conference football contest versus Texas at Milan Puskar Stadium, will be televised on FOX at 7 p.m.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)