RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners pulled off a big win Friday night against the Sissonville Indians. The Miners topped the Indians by a score of 34-8; the game was the fourth year of the official John Fry Bowl.
This win provides some breathing room for the Miners, out of the top three teams that were projected the highest in the Cardinal Conference during preseason the Miners are the only ones with a winning record at this point. Wayne and Sissonville have now fallen way down in the standings but the Miners have a chance to make a big run for the playoffs by mid-season.
Miners Head Coach Yogi Kinder said, “Yeah, we are 2-1 now but I’m not happy with where we are at. This team has big problems tackling and if we don’t get that changed then we are going to be in big trouble and that is just the truth.”
Despite the fundamental errors that the Miners committed during the game they produced greatly on offense. The Miners had 332-yards of total offense and 187 of that was passing yards. The Miners rushed for 145-yards on 50 attempts.
Fullback Joe Hunt led the ground game for the Miners after he barreled forward for 82-yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. Senior running back Deonte Joplin added 58-yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Steven Hammond completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 187-yards. Hammond put the first points on the board for the Miners with a quarterback sneak from the one yard line. Caleb Lester added the final score for the Miners with 2:49 left to go in the game from 1-yard out.
Thomas Harmon led the Miners defensively with five tackles; Corey Blankenship added five tackles as well with two of them being for a loss of yardage. Aaron Mahon added one quarterback sack.
Kinder said, “I’m really disappointed in our defense, we have to get tougher and that is just all there is to it, these guys that were big hitters for us last year don’t seem to want to hit this year. We had some young guys who really stepped up today though, Tre Lester was all over the place, he was constantly applying pressure and getting after the ball. We just have to get tougher and more physical if we want to make it anywhere this year.”
The Miners will take next week off before they host non-conference rival Nitro on Sept. 25.
Team 1 2 3 4 T
Sissonville 0 8 0 0 8
Mingo Central 8 14 6 6 34
(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)