RED JACKET – The (No.4) Mingo Central Miners held off the (No.12) Herbert hoover Huskies on Friday night with a 36-0 shutout on senior night.
The Miners were missing a few key players and lost receiving weapon Dalton Sheppard early in the game. The Huskies put together two sustained drives that ate up a lot of clock early on and put a worried look throughout the Miners sideline. Although, by the end of the third quarter the Miners were all smiles.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game. They are well coached and they had a good game plan, which was keeping the ball away from us,” said Mingo Central head coach Yogi Kinder. Kinder continued by saying, “They have two really tough running backs who did a great job, those two drives were tough. Our defense really stepped up and put the game back on our side.”
The Miner defense did exactly that in the second half. The Miners entered the locker room with a six point lead after QB Jeremy Dillon sneaked into the end zone in the beginning of the second quarter. Heading into the second half the Miners kicked on the burners and put the game in over-drive.
In the third quarter Joe Hunt scored back-to-back touchdowns in the beginning and end of the quarter. The Miners added both two point conversions with Dillon connecting with Tyler Grimmett and Lee Chafin on the scores. The Miner defense took care of the rest and held the Huskies to only 106-yards of total offense all day.
In the fourth quarter the Miners kept the momentum with big plays on defense, including an interception from Grimmett and junior Corey Robertson, while the offense stayed steady. Dillon punched in another score and Chafin found the end zone for the last touchdown of the night. After the score from Chafin with 3:19 left to play in the fourth quarter the Miners put the continuous clock rule in place with 36 unanswered points.
On offense, Dillon finished with 84-yards rushing and two rushing TDs, he was 19 for 27 passing with a passing TD ; making him 40 total touchdowns on the season. Hunt led the ground game with 96-yards on 16 carries with two rushing TDs. Thomas Harmon led the Miners receiving game with 74-yards on six catches.
For Hoover Brody Thomas led the way with 54-yards on 19 carries.
The Miners will return to action next week by hosting Win field for the final game of the regular season.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, also @sid.plaster on twitter)