Proof int he numbers


By William Plaster - [email protected]



RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners are fourth in the Class-AA rankings and in the top of Cardinal Conference standings, there’s a reason for that and it’s because this team has been putting up some unrivaled numbers this season.

The Miners have already broken the single season win record at Mingo Central and they are on track to break a few more record this season with post season numbers included. Here is where the Miners are at with two games left in the regular season.

The Miners have scored 403 points this season while only allowing 109 points scored against them. They average 50.4 points per game while keeping opposing teams at 13.6.

The Miners offense is very balanced between the run and the pass. Mingo has compiled 63 rushing first downs and 67 passing first downs. The Miners third down conversion rate is at 43.3 by getting past the marker 29 out of 67 times this season. The Miners have only given up the ball nine times this season to turnovers while getting 16 total turnovers from opposing teams.

Mingo’s rushing attack has compiled 1,636-yards on 209 rushes while the defense has only allowed 993-yards this season on 324 attempts. The Miners average 7.8 yards per carry (ypc) while the defense has limited opposing teams to only 3.1 ypc. The Miners have 30 rushing TDs this year while averaging 204-yards per game on the ground.

The Passing game, led by junior QB Jeremy Dillon, has compiled 1,730-yards through the air on 108 completions. The Miners average 16-yards per reception (ypr). The defensive secondary has only allowed 74.4-yards per game to opposing teams. The Miners have 23 receiving TDs while the secondary has only allowed five. The Miners have only given up one interception this year while they have grabbed 10 from opposing teams.

The Miner offense now has 3,366-yards of total offense this season on 381 plays. The Miners average 420.8 ypg and have 61 plays of 20+ yards (big plays). Although, the Miners have lost 655-yards this season on 70 penalties.

The defense has gained 13 sacks this season while the offensive line has given up 0. The Miners have two defensive TDs this season thanks to interception returns.

On special teams the Miners have received 17 kickoffs and have totaled 364-yards on those returns. Mingo has yet to return a Kickoff for a touchdown but they average 21-yards on returns. The Miners have gained 202-yards on punt returns and have taken one punt return to the end zone. Although freshman drew Hatfield has had a few punt return TDs called back due to penalties.

Place kicker Billy Mitchem has 31 of his 40 point after attempt kicks this season and the Miners have made 11 of their 18 two-point conversion attempts.

Individual statistics.

Senior Joe Hunt leads the Miners rushing attack with 701-yards on 98 attempts with 14 TDs. Hunt averages 7.2 ypc and averages 87.6 ypg. Jeremy Dillon comes in second with 651-yards on 73 carries with 14 TDs. Dillon averages 8.9 ypc and averages 81.4 ypg. Young Dougie Dillon is also in the mix with 134-yards on 13 carries with two rushing TDs.

Dillon has accumulated 1,704 and has completed 105 of his 169 attempts for 23 TDs and only one interception. Dillon averages 213 ypg through the air.

Hatfield leads the Miners in receiving with 628-yards on 49 receptions with 10 receiving TDs. Tyler Grimmett comes in a close second with 357-yards on 14 receptions with six TDs, while Dalton sheppard has brought in 19 receptions for 342-yards with three scores.

Hunt and Dillon are tied for fumbles on the year, both players have five fumbles except Hunt has lost three and Dillon has only lost one.

Hunt leads the team in scoring with 15 TDs, and three two-point conversion for a total of 96 points. Dillon has 86 points with 14 TDs and one two-point conversion. Hatfiled has 72 points on 11 TDs and three two-point conversions and Grimmett has 46 points on seven TDs and two two-point conversions.

Defensively the Miners are led by Tyler Grimmett with 34.5 tackles with one sack and seven pass breakups. Caleb Lester has 34 tackles with one sack and nine tackles for a loss. Kaleb Hurley has 30.5 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss. Issac fox has 30 tackles, Thomas Harmon has 22.5 tackles, and Robbie Daniels has 20 tackles with six tackles for a loss. Dalton Sheppard has 20 tackles with three pass breakups. Daniel Buchanan has 16 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss and Trey Lester has 13 tackles with 3.5 for a loss.

Sheppard has three interceptions for the Miners for a total of 135-yards returned and one return TD, Grimmett has 95 return yards on one interception for a TD as well.

The Miners have two games left in the regular season and will surely pad these stats some more. The Post season may be the time to break the all-time records set by the classes before them.

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By William Plaster

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