RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners are digging to their second game of the season. The Miners (1-0) are traveling to Tolsia (1-0) this Friday to face off against the Rebels.
Last week the Tolsia Rebels put fear in the hearts of every coach in the Cardinal Conference when they upset the Wayne County Pioneers. The Pioneers have been the Top Dog around these parts for some time now. Mingo Central lost twice to the Pioneers last season and Tolsia hadn’t beaten Wayne since 1999. Well now the Rebels are “Partying like its 1999.” The game was close until the last minutes when Tolsia scored two quick touchdowns to make the final score 49-34.
Tolsia runs a triple option offense and have proved that they can score with it. The Rebels football program has been declining over the past several years, but it looks like Head Coach Mike Smith is turning that around. This week will determine whether the Rebels are a legitimate threat to other teams in the Cardinal Conference or just a flash in the pan.
Mingo Central satisfied the Miner crowd with a big win over Wyoming East. Quarterback Steven Hammond put 7 touchdowns on the scoreboard for the Miners; he threw for 5 touchdowns and had two rushing touchdowns. Hammond was selected for the Williamson Daily News’s Player of the Week because of his performance. This is a great start to Hammond’s senior season.
The Mingo Central offense is fast paced, they don’t waste any time getting up the field and that’s the way Head Coach Yogi Kinder designed it. The Miners are not the biggest team in the conference but what they lack in size they make up for in athleticism and quickness. They gathered 440 yards of total offense against the Warriors last game.
The Mingo Central defense cannot be over looked, last game the Miners held Wyoming East to only 125 yards of total offense. Caleb Lester led the team in tackles last Friday.
Kinder said, “Tolsia has a real good team, they are probably the most improved team in the conference. I noticed it last year when they changed their offense up everything go better for them, even their defense got better. They are a hard team to prepare for in one week because they can come at you in so many different ways with that offense. This should really be a game.”
This game is speculated as the biggest match-up of the week because of Tolsia’s performance against Wayne County. Both teams will enter the contest with a record of 1-0, the big thing is if Tolsia can somehow pull off an upset against the Miners they will stand in first place in the Cardinal Conference. This will be Mingo Centrals first conference match-up.
(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] or on twitter @sidplaster)