WAYNE - Mingo Central will travel to Wayne tonight to take on the defending Class 2A state champs. The Pioneers are 4-0 so far this season and are ranked No. 2 in the WVSSAC poll.
The Miners have won three straight games and head to Wayne County with a record of 3-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AA.
Wayne has not really been tested so far this season. They have beat their opponents by scores of 58-12, 46-7, 84-42 and 42-0. They are averaging 57.5 points per game as they have rolled over each team so far this season.
As they say in Wayne, “circle the wagons.”
The Pioneers are led by senior all-state running back Brandon Spurlock. Other halfbacks that can see action for Wayne are sophomores Chandler Fry and Mason Hodge, along with freshman Cody Stiltner. Sophomore quarterback Grant Ferguson can pass as well as throw the pigskin.
On the receiving end of Ferguson’s passes are Kurt Langdon-Arthur and Austin Pyles. Hodge has caught a couple of TD passes out of the backfield for head coach Tom Harmon.
Harmon got his 150th career win against Ravenswood, a game his squad rolled up 84 points. That was a school record for points scored in a game, surpassing the 83 against Liberty-Raleigh back in 2005.
Mingo Central is led by senior Joe May and sophomore Chance Lester on offense. Freshman signal caller Stevie Hammond will get the starting nod again, perhaps the toughest test of his young career. Alex “Booger” Lee and Israel Reynolds are two targets at wide receiver and tight end.
The defense will be anchored by senior Garth Simpkins and junior Drew Kirk. Several younger players continue to improve for Kinder.
Davey Ward, who suffered a severe concussion a couple of weeks ago, will have to sit out another game. Lee has been hampered by an ankle injury, but continues to play with a brace.