RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners defeated the Scott Skyhawks Friday night by a score of 62-12. The Miners lit up the scoreboard on a very emotional Senior Night held at Harless Stadium.
The first score of the game was one to remember when Mingo Central quarterback Steven Hammond connected with senior wide receiver Steven Whitt for a long 61-yard passing touchdown with 3:46 left to play in the first quarter. The Miners failed to convert the two-point conversion.
Scott tied up the ball game with 3:33 left to play in the first quarter when Mingo central kicked off after the touchdown. The kick was fielded by Scott’s Codie Loftus who then lateraled the ball to teammate Alan Johnson who rushed past the Miners and into the end zone. Scott failed to convert the two-point attempt and the score became tied at 6-6.
With :56 left to play in the first quarter Taylor Thornsbury rushed 74-yards to paydirt to add another score for the Miners. Hammond punched in the two-point conversion and the Miners took the lead with a score of 14-6.
Scott came firing back after Loftus intercepted a pass from Hammond and returned it for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed but the Skyhawks closed the gap with a score of 14-12.
The rest of the game was all Mingo Central. Hammond rushed in a touchdown from 1-yard out with 10:16 left to play in the second quarter. Thornsbury rushed in the two-point conversion and the Miners score jumped to 22.
Thornsbury added another score for the Miners with 2:48 left to play in the second quarter after he dashed 39-yards to the end zone. The two-point conversion was no good but the Miners score stood at 28.
Right before the end of the first half Hammond connected with Thronsbury again on a 45-yard passing touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and the Miners headed to the locker room with a 34-12 lead.
To start the second half scoring Hammond connected with Whitt for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Hammond then connected with Tyler Grimmett in the end zone to add two more points to the score making it 42-12.
With 1:31 left to play in the third quarter Hammond completed another throw to Dalton Sheppard who converted the 34-yard pass into a touchdown for the Miners. Jeremy Harrison kicked in the extra point and the Miners score stood at 49.
To start off the fourth quarter Hammond and Whitt connected on a 10-yard passing touchdown. Harrisons extra point kick was blocked and the score rose to 55.
Hammond put the icing on the cake with another long touchdown pass to Grimmett for 64-yards. Harrison added the extra point and the Miners won the ball game with a final score of 62-12.
The Miners 725-yards of total offense towered over Scott’s 194-yards of total offense. The Miners averaged 11.7 yards per play and Scott averaged only 3.9 yards per play. The Miners had 345-yards passing on 16 completions and rushed for 380yards on 37 rushes.
Hammond threw six touchdown passes against Scott and rushed in one touchdown. Thornsbury finished the night with 219-yards rushing on 16 carries, Caleb Lester rushed for 103-yards on 10 carries.
Whitt had 113-yards receiving on five receptions and three touchdowns. Thornsbury had 104-yards receiving on five receptions and one receiving touchdown. Grimmett had 92-yards receiving on only two receptions and a score and Sheppard scored one receiving touchdown.
Senior running back Deonte Joplin sat out the game nursing an ankle injury. He should return this week.
The Miners offense continues to keep the meter running on every scoreboard around. Heading into the playoffs the Miners high flying offense will be sure to put defenses on notice.
(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)