RED JACKET – Fairmont Senior head coach J.L. Abbott said earlier in the week, “This is just another week except it is for a state championship.”
Mingo Central head coach Yogi Kinder said before last week’s game against James Monroe, “We have only had two bad practices all year.”
To put it bluntly, the Miners are all in with a pair of aces. The Miners amazing offense, led by QB Jeremy Dillon, and their hard nose defense, led by a multitude of talented players, will face their final test of the season this Friday night at Wheeling in the championship match against the Polar Bears.
To the Miners this is not just another week; its championship week. This will also be final game for coach Kinder.
This has been a historical season for the Mingo Central football club and the community that surrounds it. Win or lose, the Miners have ridden atop a bright beautiful wave with class and confidence all season.
The final test will be against a team that has earned the right to step onto the field at Wheeling Island. The Fairmont Senior Polar Bears defeated the three time defending Class-AA champions; the Bridgeport Indians, in a close 22-21 two overtime victory.
The Polar Bears had been after that win for years and had not bested the Indians since 2006. Fairmont Senior lost last year in the same game, and was also bested by Bridgeport in the regular season, and finally got the win. That win puts them in the path of No.2 undefeated Mingo Central who has yet to play in a game where they haven’t won by at least three scores.
The Miners program leaders see a similarity between their program and Fairmont Senior’s program.
Both teams have good mix of passing and running on offense and a hard nose defensive scheme.
The Polar Bears offense, led by QB (#16) Jake Abbott, is primarily a run dominated team but has passing ability as they proved last week against Bridgeport. The Polar Bears are a sound ball club and ended the regular season with only one loss which was to the Indians. They defeated Herbert Hoover, Weir, and Bridgeport for the chance to play in the show.
Mingo has faced tough QB’s throughout this post season run and has handled all of them sufficiently, even James Monroe’s allusive Evan Beasley had trouble finding room in the Miners engulfing defense.
If the Miners play their best ball of the season, and play as a complete unit with no holes in special teams or anywhere else, this could be the year for glory.
The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised and covered on the radio, it can also be found online through WV-Metro News. School has been cancelled for Friday, and the entire community is encouraged to support this team. If the cards fall right the Miners just may win it all.
(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.)