RED JACKET – What does the Mingo Central Miners football team and Rick Flair have in common? They are both awesome at what they do.
Today the Miners will pack up and hit the road for their fourth road game of the season. With them, they will be taking an undefeated record of 4-0. The Miners have had one home game this season, which was against the Tolsia Rebels. The Miners have this game left before they hit a two game stretch at home with Poca and Chapmanville; respectively.
The Miners broke the news wire last week with a 60-6 win over Nitro. Quarterback Jeremy Dillon was named player of the week for his seven passing TD performance. Dillon had eight TD’s in the game, rushing for one score.
This should get the attention of Wayne who sets with a record of 1-3. The Pioneers have won one game this season which was against Oak Hill. The other three losses come from Tolsia, Sissonville, and Winfield. The Miners have already faced Tolsia and Sissonville and won both matches.
When Wayne faced Tolsia they lost by a score of 26-8, when they faced Sissonville they lost by a score of 38-12. The Miners defeated Tolsia 42-20 and Sissonville 52-22. Statistically the Miners have the advantage and in Las Vegas they would have at least a 20 point spread.
The Pioneers are led by junior QB Jeremiah Milum who stands at 6 – foot-5 and 180 lbs. The running game is mostly K.J. Mills and Mikey Bartram. The Pioneers have several starters back this year including a huge portion of the offensive line.
The Miners have been dealing with some off field issues this week that have affected playing times and maybe even the rhythm of the team. Two bomb threats on two separate days have occurred at the school this week although no bombs were found by authorities. The Kids were out on the football field the majority of the school day during these times and were lucky the weather was nice. However, the events did shift the practice times around and in a game where rhythm plays a big role the Miners were forced to abandon their normal routine throughout these events.
On the other hand the Miners have been getting better and better as the season has progressed and the week three BYE seemed to work out perfectly. Assistant Coach Joey Fields said, “During our off week we really went back to the basics, we focused on the little things and worked to improve all of the small things we could.” The Miners done exactly that, as they showed off an above par passing game against Nitro.
It was mentioned before the season that Dillon would be a good fit to the offense with his height and athleticism. Dillon works well with the offensive line as that he can see over top of all of them. That gives Dillon the opportunity to connect with his many offensive weapons. Freshman Drew Hatfield has been Dillon’s go-to target this year but not his only option. Dillon connected with eight different receivers during last week’s game with four separate receivers finding the end zone.
Joe Hunt, a big senior fullback, gives the Miners a strong running attack.
The Miners have already proved to be a solid rushing team but the development, or unveiling, of an improved passing attack has made them a big time contender. Many Miner fans believe they have the ability to go undefeated this year even with the addition of Winfield to the schedule.
The Miners offense and high point scoring is not their only weapon. Their defense has been holding strong this season as well and can sometimes go overlooked. The Miners have outscored their opponents 212 to 61 so far this season, partly because of the offenses potency and partly because the defense is just as good.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Wayne Athletic Complex.
(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] on on twitter @sidplaster.)