RED JACKET – This Friday night the Mingo Central defense will be put to the Cardinal Conference test against a decent Herbert Hoover rushing attack.
The Miners will enter the game unbeaten; the Huskies will enter the game with a record of 6-2. These two Cardinal conference teams have excelled this season, except the Huskies have lost two big conference match ups. Hoover lost to Winfield and Sissonville earlier in the season, all others they have beaten. Although the Huskies second game of the year against Chapmanville was very close with the Huskies only escaping with a 1-point victory; the final score was 13-12.
The Miners have passed every conference test so far and have excelled in every meeting. The Miners fierce offense which is coupled with an outstanding defense has left all opponents with multiple score losses. The Huskies are setting in the No.12 spot after the release of the Class-AA standings earlier in the week thanks to their 25-13 victory over Roane County last Friday.
The Miners defense has only allowed opposing rushers 3.1 yards per carry (ypc) so far this season and has only allowed opposing backfields on average 124-yards per game. The Huskie backfield is comprised of three of the top Cardinal Conference rushers. Colten Rollyson, Brody Thomas, and quarterback Chase Stover split most of the Huskies rushing workload. The Huskies are a rushing team and there is no surprise surrounding that news.
Stover has a receiving corps at his disposal but this has not been the Huskies go-to offense weapon. The Huskies run behind a good offensive line.
The Huskies are fueled by strong sophomore class, but are led by the star senior backfield.
The Mingo central defense, which has gained 290-yards this season on turnovers, will be expecting a tough ground game from the Huskies.
The Miners defense has done well stopping the run this season with cornerback Tyler Grimmette leading the Miners in tackles with 34.5.The Miners defensive backs are quick to the ball but the linebackers have their fair share of action also. Defensive linemen Robbie Daniels, Adam Starr, Chase Warden, and Zach Curry are among the team’s top tacklers as well. Defensive ends Daniel Buchanan and Trey Lester have combined for five sacks this season with Buchanan getting the bigger share with four.
The Miners offensive line not allowed one sack this season. This is partly because of the skill of the line and the allusiveness of QB Jeremy Dillon. Dillon can get rid of the ball quickly but despite his size is also extremely hard to tackle in open field.
Mingo has two Cardinal Conference foes left on the schedule and one will be played tonight at Harless Stadium. Next week Mingo will welcome conference newcomer Winfield to the mountain. Tonight’s game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.