By William Plaster
RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners will be heading to Historic Mitchell Stadium to face the Bluefield Beavers in the second round of the WVSSAC 2015 Class AA Football playoffs.
The first round for the Miners was a warm up. The Miners defeated Summers County by a score of 68-28 after scoring a multitude of points in the second quarter alone. Bluefield defeated Weir by a score of 32-13 in the first round.
Bluefield entered the playoffs with a 9-1 record after the regular season. Bluefield was ranked No. 2 in Class AA entering the playoffs. Mingo Central entered the playoffs ranked No. 7 after losing the last game of the season to Westside who has already been defeated in the first round.
Bluefield will be pushed by the performance of their star running back Mookie Collier who is quick and physical. Waiting on the other side of the line from the miners will be a stout defensive line. Randall Maxey is Bluefield’s middle linebacker and he takes up a lot of space on the defensive side of the ball.
Mingo Central will bring their own defensive standouts to the game. Corey Blankenship, Issac Fox, Caleb Lester and Aaron Mahon have been the go to tacklers all season for the Miners. The defensive line has helped hold the Miners opponents to so little yards also this season.
Mingo Central will try to continue scoring big points as they attempt to move through the playoff bracket. Quarterback Stephen Hammond threw five passing touchdowns in the last game against Summers County. Deonte Joplin and the Miners running game will have a tough road to travel against an unforgiving Bluefield defense. On the outside of the defense Hammond will have to look out for Collier and Jordan George who have played the corner position well all season against opponents for the Beavers.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, at Bluefield, but you will be able to hear the game on 101.9 FM, 96.5 FM, 100.9 FM starting at 7:00 p.m.