Miners lose close game


Rebels squeak past the Miners for a close victory

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By William Plaster

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GLEN HAYES – What a ball game! The Tolsia Rebels proved to everyone in the Cardinal Conference that they are for real this year. The Mingo Central Miners traveled to Tolsia Friday night for the most anticipated game of the week.

The Miners and the Rebels were both coming off fresh wins, Tolsia had just beaten the Wayne Pioneers and Mingo Central had just beaten Wyoming East. With the win over Wayne County, Mingo Central was the only obstacle standing between Tolsia and the number one spot in the Cardinal Conference. Despite their best efforts the Miners lost to the Rebels 44-41.

Jenning Holland put the first points on the scoreboard for the Rebels from a 34 yard touchdown run, with 9:48 left to go in the first quarter, which got the home crowd screaming and stomping. Holland also added the two point conversion. Mingo Central started the game off badly after they went three and out on their first possession. They lined up to punt but Jacob Maynard blocked the kick for the Rebels and Tolsia got the ball back on Mingo Central’s 28 yard line.

The Miners made an impressive defensive stop and got the ball back deep into their own territory. Miner quarterback Steven Hammond connected with wide-out Dalton Shepard for a big first down for Mingo Central. The Miners had an impressive drive moving forward until penalties and a big sack by the Rebels stopped the drive, forcing the Miners to punt. They downed the ball on the one yard line.

At the end of the first quarter, the Tolsia Rebels faced third and eleven deep in their own territory with the scoreboard reading 8-0 in favor of the Rebels. The Rebels were forced to punt and the Miners recieved the ball on their own 32 yard line. This is where things got heated, the play on the field became very physical and during the Mingo Central offensive drive, Hammond appeared to have been tackled and down by contact on the play except before the whistle was blew, Jordan Presley, from the Rebels, stripped the ball from Hammond’s hands and ran 75 yards for a touchdown. The score was now 14-0 in favor of Tolsia. The Rebels failed to convert the two point conversion.

Tolsia quarterback Seth McMillon had a 50 yard run, for the Rebels, down to the Miners goal line where Luke Presley punched in the score with 9:08 seconds left to go in the second quarter making the score 20-0. They failed to convert the two point conversion.

Mingo Central pulled out some trickery and pulled off a fake punt run giving them a first down. Deonte Joplin scored the first touchdown for the Miners from an athletic 15 yard scramble with 6:48 left to go in the second quarter. Hammond connected with his tight-end to add the two point conversion for the Miners making the score 20-8.

On the next offensive drive for the Rebels, they were forced to punt, there was a bad snap and Mingo central recovered the ball on Tolsia’s 10 yard line. Hammond took advantage of the field position and scored for the Miners with 4:14 seconds left to go in the second quarter making the score 20-14.

The rebels came firing right back as Luke Presley received the kick-off and returned the ball 80 yards for a touchdown, making the score 26-15. McMillon made the two point conversion from a quarterback sneak for the Rebels.

On the Tolsia kickoff, they kicked the ball on the ground and Luke Presley recovered the ball for the Rebels with 4:29 left to go in the second quarter, but they were forced to punt back to the Miners.

The Miners were forced to punt on their next drive from deep in their own end zone but intercepted the ball back from the Rebels shortly after. Hammond connected with Tyler Grimmette on a huge 40 yard pass completion to move the Miners back down into scoring position before the end of the first half.

The Miners were able to score with 16 seconds left to go in the first half when Hammond connected with Grimmette again for a 25 yard pass completion, making the score 28-21. Hammond rushed in for the two point conversion.

The Miners recovered an onside kick with 15 second left to go in the half. Hammond connected with Grimmette again for another touchdown making the score 28-29 in favor of the Miners. The two point conversion was unsuccessful.

The first half of play lasted two hours because of penalties, and players cramping up because of the humidity and intensity of game play.

The third quarter was uneventful except for the amount of players battling cramps from both teams. At the end of the third quarter the score was 28-29 in favor of the Miners.

The game had been littered with penalties and injuries at this point and both teams were finding it hard to get anything going offensively or defensively for that matter.

With 7:22 left to go in the ball game Luke Presley scores for the Rebels on a 96 yard touchdown run making the score 34-29 in favor of the Rebels.

The Miners had put together an impressive drive until Tolsia intercepted the ball with 3:48 left to go in the ball game. Then McMillon scores again for the Rebels from 40 yards out with 3:00 left to go in the game making the score 42-29. They added the two point conversion.

The Miners were not going down without a fight, Hammond connected with Grimmette for a huge 70 yard reception to put the Miners back in scoring range. Hammond then ran in the touchdown making the score 44-35 with 2:00 left to go in the ball game.

Mingo Central then recovered the onside kick and could have won the game but Steven Whitt dropped a wide open pass. Deonte Joplin ended up running the ball down to the 1 yard line with 1:25 left to go in the ball game. Hammond punched in the score with 1:23 left to go in the ball game making the score 44-41.

The Miners tried another onside kick but could not recover the ball. Tolsia could not get a drive going as the Miner defense stiffened up. Miner Head Coach Yogi Kinder called his final timeout, and that was just enough to hold the Rebels back and give his team another chance to score with only a second left on the clock.

The Miners got the ball back with thirty seconds left in the ball game. Hammond was sacked by the rebels and spiked the ball with two seconds left to go in the ball game. The Miners threw up one last prayer, but the ball was intercepted by Luke Presley to seal the win for the Rebels with a final score of 44-41.

Kinder said, “We got beat by a better, more physical team, that’s all I can say about it.”

Smith said, “this game puts us at 2-0 but we still have a lot of games left to play, we cant focus on that this early, but it’s games like this, real hard fought, physical games that get you ready for the post season. It was a really tough ball game.”

Tolsia now sits at 2-0 and in first place of the Cardinal Conference. This was Mingo Centrals first in-conference game. Next week, the Miners will host in-conference rival Sissonville at Harless stadium at 7:30 p.m.

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

Rebels squeak past the Miners for a close victory

By William Plaster

[email protected]

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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