RED JACKET – The Miner fans showed up, despite the rain, to witness a football game and homecoming night. The Miners did not disappoint the fans even though the game was over early.
The Miners scored 62 points before halftime against the Poca Dots with 33 points in the first quarter alone. The Miners won the contest by a final score of 62-20.
Big games from junior quarterback Jeremy Dillon, freshman receiver Drew Hatfield, and senior tailback Joe Hunt put the Miners on track for another victory making them 6-0 on the season.
Hunt , who finished with two rushing TD’s on the night, began the scoring action with back to back scoring runs of 50 and 44 yards. The first score was on the Miners first play from scrimmage which contributed to Hunt’s 96-yards on three carries for the night.
After Hunt set the tone for the Miners in the first two drives the Miners forced Poca into a punting situation. Hatfield seized the opportunity and returned the kick 44-yards to pay dirt. Hatfield would cross the goal line twice on punt returns but one was called back on a holding penalty. Hatfield finished the night with three receptions for 47-yards and 88-yards on kick returns.
Dillon had another amazing night by going 10 of 12 on completions with 184-yards passing and four passing TD’s. Dillon connected with Devin Turner , Dalton Sheppard, Tyler Grimmett, and Caleb Lester through the air for the scores. Turner led the Miners in receiving with 56-yards on two catches.
The Dots gave a good effort but had no answer for Mingo’s powerful offensive assault. The Miners finished the night with 440-yards of offense on 32 plays with only a time of possession of 12:47.
Assistant coach Joey Fields said after the game, “We have preached to our guys about the little things and how to get better and better. Our offensive line was what impressed me tonight, they worked hard all week and with these skill guys on top of their game it makes it really difficult for a defense to take anything away.”
The Miners finished the night with 230-yards rushing on only 18 attempts. The offensive line gave the runner holes to hit and the Miners took advantage.
Once the score was up the Miners took the opportunity to get some reps in for the second string offense and defense. Freshman Dougie Dillon gave an impressive show through most of the second half by padding the Miners stats with 60-yards on six carries. Jeremy Dillon added the Miners third rushing TD on a four-yard keeper early in the second quarter.
Place kicker and kickoff man Billy Mitchem finished the night going perfect from the extra point line by making all six of his attempts.
Coach Fields said, “It’s always good to get our junior varsity in situations like this. We have had some trouble getting them the opportunities to get on the field. But, tonight with a homecoming crowd we got them into a real game scenario with all the pressure and action they needed. This was really good for them moving forward.”
Along with the Miners spectacular showing on offense the varsity defense produced a shutout. The Dots were unable to score against the Miners first string defense who began to be subbed out early in the second quarter.
Coach Fields said, “We have gotten so much better with our linebackers. Caleb Lester and Issac Fox have really been doing great and with the defensive line getting to their assignments and getting the job done our backers can flow to the ball and its getting hard for teams to run on us now.”
Dougie Dillon led the Miners on defense with three tackles. Austin Ray finished with three while Adam Starr and Corey Smith each had two tackles a piece. The Miners finished the night with most of the roster getting at least one tackle during Poca’s 34 minutes of possession.
Fox had one sack on the night while Ray and Branson Nagy had assisted sacks. The Miners held Poca to only 167-yards of total offense on 42 plays.
The Miners will test their win streak next week against visiting Chapmanville.
Score by quarters:
Poca: 0 6 6 8 – 20
Mingo: 33 29 0 0 – 62