MADISON — The Mingo Central Miners lost to their Cardinal Conference rivals, the Sissonville Indians during their first scheduled scrimmage game of the year.
The Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama was held in Madison, West Virginia over the weekend at Scott High School and all eight schools from the Cardinal Conference played in the Grid-O-Rama.
Mingo fell short to their to conference rival Sissonville with a final score of 16-14. Mingo Central was missing some key players due to injuries. Coach Yogi Kinder said they were missing two lineman, a running back and a wide receiver.
Mingo Central senior running back Deonte Joplin led the ground game for the Miners by gaining 46 yards on 10 rushing attempts, he also had two receptions for 89 receiving yards. Miner’s senior quarterback Steven Hammond also added a one yard rushing touchdown. Hammond went 10-16 passing for 181 yards.
Kinder said his team still needs to work out some kinks before the regular season begins in a couple of weeks.
Last year during the regular season Mingo Central beat the Sissonville Indians on the on the road by one point, 28-27.
During the second meeting between these two teams in the post season in the Class AA playoffs, Mingo Central won again by a score of 35-13.
There were four scheduled pairings during the Grid-O-Rama, Tolsia beat Poca 38-6, Wayne beat Herbert Hoover 40-7, and Chapmanville beat Scott 24-12.
MCHS will travel to Princeton this weekend for another practice game before the regular season starts on Friday night, August 28, at home against Wyoming East. Kickoff at Harless Stadium for the season opener will be at 7:30 p.m.