CLENDININ – The Mingo Central Miners pulled off a big win against conference rival Herbert Hoover on Friday Night with a final score of 41-6.
The Miners started slow but gained speed after Stephen Hammond connected with Dalton Sheppard for a 9-yard touchdown for the first score of the game at the 2:16 mark of the first quarter. Mingo Central running back Taylor Thornsbury failed to punch in the two-point conversion but the Miners took the lead at 6-0.
Thornsbury did cross the goal line at the beginning of the second quarter from 9-yards out, Tyler Grimmette failed to add the two point conversion but MCHS improved the lead to 12-0.
With 7:14 left to play before halftime Brody Thomas scored the first and only touchdown for Herbert Hoover from 13-yards out. The extra-point kick was no good.
With four seconds left to go before halftime Hammond sent the Miners into the locker room with another score after completing another touchdown pass to Sheppard for 27-yards. Ethan Collins ran in the two point conversion and the Miners entered halftime with a 20-6 lead.
Hammond scored his first rushing touchdown of the game from 2-yards out with 8:21 left to play in the third quarter. Jeremy Harrison made the extra-pick kick and MCHS increased the lead to 27-6.
Before the end of the third quarter Collins rushed in from the one yard line to put the Miners out of touch of Herbert Hoover. Harrison made the extra point kick and the score was 33-6. The last score of the game came when Caleb Lester rushed into the end zone from 7-yards out. Hammond connected with Daniel Buchanan to add the two point conversion and make the final score 41-6.
MCHS finished the game with 430-yards of total offense on 72 plays. They had 204-yards passing and 226-yards rushing.
Hammond completed 16 of his 29 passing attempts and threw two passing touchdowns. Sheppard caught both of Hammond’s touchdowns and finished the night with 82-yards on six receptions. Stephen Whitt finished the night with six receptions for 62-yards receiving.
Thornsbury finished the night with 136-yards rushing on 25 carries and one rushing touchdown. Lester had 59-yards on ten carries with one rushing touchdown. Hammond and Collins both added one rushing touchdown a piece.
Defensively the Miners held Herbert Hoover to 121-yards of total offense. Lester led the Miners in tackles with 4.5. Corey Blankenship had one sack during the game.
The Miners will move up in the state rankings and will be hosting the first game of the playoffs at Harless Stadium.
(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)