RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners finally beat longtime rival Wayne for the first time in school history.
The Miners blew past the Wayne Pioneers by a score of 50-14. The game was ended early with five minutes left to go in the game because of two crucial injuries for each team and the point difference.
The Miners had a busy first quarter, Steven Hammond started off the scoring with a 28-yard touchdown run at the 10:10 mark. Jeremy Harrison added the extra point kick and the Miners jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
Mingo Central scored again during the 6:11 mark when Deonte Joplin scored on a 4-yard run. Hammond completed the two-point conversion pass to Tyler Grimette to make the score 15-0.
Joe Hunt punched it in next for the Miners from 3-yards out with 5:30 left to play in the first quarter. Harrison added the extra point kick.
With :39 left to go in the first quarter Jeremiah Milum completed a seven yard pass to Cody Stiltner to put Wayne on the score board. Stiltner and Milum connected again for the two-point conversion to make the score 22-8 in favor of the Miners.
Hunt scored again for the Miners, he rolled into the end zone from 24-yards out like a runaway coal truck. Harrison added the extra-point and the Miners kept the lead. Mingo Central scored again when Caleb Lester intercepted a pass and took it to the house. Harrison added the extra-point kick and the Miners took a commanding 36-8 lead.
With 7:42 left to play in the third quarter Deonte Joplin scored from 26-yards out, he failed to run in the two point conversion.
Logan Queen put one more score up for Wayne from one yard out with 1:21 left to play in the third quarter, they failed to convert the two-point conversion and the Miners stayed ahead by a score of 42-12.
Hunt rushed in the last score before the game was called from 20-yards out. Hunt injured his leg on the play and had to be transported off the field in an ambulance. The Miners held on to win 50-14.
Mingo Central out produced Wayne offensively, the Miners compiled 342-yards of total offense and Wayne only had 156-yards of total offense. The Miners ended up with 276-yards rushing and Wayne had 127-yards rushing.
Hunt led the Miners ground game with 175-yards rushing on 20 carries and three rushing touchdowns. Joplin added 51-yards on eight carries and two scores. Hammond added one touchdown run.
Ethan Collins led the Miners on defense with 6.5 total tackles, Lester followed with 5.5 tackles.
Next week Mingo Central will travel to Poca to face the Dots.
(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)