RED JACKET – Friday night is homecoming night for the Mingo Central Miners. The Miners will face off against the Nitro Wildcats.
The Miners will be fresh off of a much needed bye week and will be looking to gain more momentum heading into mid-season. The Miners are 2-1 after beating Wyoming East and Sissonvile but losing to in-conference rival Tolsia.
The Miners will have to face Wayne at the mid-point of the season and will have to travel to Chapmanville on the backside of the schedule. The loss to Tolsia could hurt the Miners if they lose to either team, the Cardinal Conference is somewhat jumbled heading into week five. If the Miners want home field advantage they will have to step up their defensive play.
The Miners have had plenty of success moving the ball up the field this year. Senior quarterback Steven Hammond and senior running back Deonte Joplin have been the duo to stop this season. Fullback Joe Hunt and wide receiver Tyler Grimmette have picked up any slack left over.
Head Coach Yogi Kinder has claimed he is not happy with the Miner defense this year, The Miners have a nasty habit of missing tackles and being in the wrong position. The offense has been hurt by penalties and dropped passes so far this season. Cramps and injuries have hindered the Miners progress so far but the recent bye week could alleviate some of those problems.
Nitro used to be a very competitive team but have feathered off over the last couple of years. The last time the Nitro Wildcats beat a team that was rated over .500 percent at mid-season was 2008. Nitro defeated the Poca Dots in the first game of the season but have lost two in a row since then. The Wildcats have an overall record of 1-2.
The game is set to kick off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Harless Stadium.
(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)