The Mingo Central Miners (5-2) will host the Logan Wildcats (5-2) tonight in what has been billed as an important game for both teams when it comes to their post season aspirations.
Across the Tug River, the Belfry Pirates (8-0) and ranked No. 1 in Class AAA in the Bluegrass State, will travel U.S. 119 to Pike County Central (5-3) to take on the Hawks in a district game.
Mingo Central heads into the game ranked No. 13 in AA, while Logan is ranked No. 13 in Class AAA.
The Miners made the playoffs last season at 5-5 for the first time in school history. Unfortunately for coach Yogi Kinder and his squad they had to travel to the northern part of the state to take on highly ranked Keyser and lost that game.
Logan has improved its football program over the last few seasons and has made the playoffs several times under coach Gary Mullins.
Logan improved to 5-2 last week with a 48-29 homecoming win over Greenbrier East, while Mingo Central defeated Cardinal Conference foe Chapmanville 20-14.
Logan is 2-0 all-time against Mingo Central,
Coach John Chapman’s team heads into the Belfry game with a two game winning streak. Two weeks ago they upset Lawrence County at home 26-0 and last week they defeated winless Sheldon Clark 47-7 in Inez.
Belfry defeated a solid Lawrence County team last week. The Pirates have pulled out some tough road games this season heading into the final stretch before the playoffs.
Coach Philip Haywood’s squad has made it to the state championship game the past three seasons, only to come up short to Central High School of Louisville. Pirate fans expect another deep run into the post season this year and the players hope for another shot at that Class AAA championship trophy.
Tug Valley (3-5) has a bye this week before playing their final two regular season games of the season. Their playoff hopes are slim, even if they finish at 5-5.
Other games in the region will see Chapmanville at Tolsia, Pocahontas County at Man, Sissonville at Sherman, Wayne at Poca and Phelps at South Floyd. Both Scott and Wyoming East also have bye weeks.
All games are scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Cardinal Conference Standings:
Pos. School Conf. All
1. Wayne 5-0, 7-0
2. Sissonville 4-1, 6-1
3. Mingo Central 3-1, 5-2
4. Chapmanville 3-2, 4-4
5. Tolsia 2-3, 3-4
6. Herbert Hoover 2-4, 2-5
7. Scott 1-5, 3-5
8. Poca 0-4, 1-6