RED JACKET – The heat is sweltering on top of the mountain at Harless Stadium but that doesn’t stop the Mingo Central Miners from taking advantage of some extra practice during summer conditioning drills.
Veteran head coach Yogi Kinder enters his fifth season as the Miners head coach. Kinder began his career over thirty years ago at Matewan and seems to be at the pinnacle of his game. With the help of a knowledgeable and experienced coaching staff, kinder is setting expectations high for the upcoming season.
With several starters returning, Kinder said, ”We aren’t changing much this year, we are improving on the success of last year.” He added ” this is the first year our players are as good and strong as everyone else.”
This will be the Miners third year in the tough Double A Cardinal Conference. They finished last year with a 10-2 regular season record, losing twice to the Wayne County Pioneers. They won their first playoff game against the Sissonville Indians, but fell just short against the Pioneers in the second round.
The growing pains that accompany consolidation are a thing of the past for this program. ”This is the first time we have had kids who have went to school here from start to finish, they all have good attitudes and everyone gets along, that is a great combination,” said Kinder.
With returning stars like senior quarterback Stephen Hammond, and senior running back Deonta Joplin, the Miners will be ready to hit the ground running. Junior fullback Joey Hunt also returns to the MCHS backfield.
All-State kicker Tyler Harrison also returns for the Miners.
Other notable starters returning are Stephen Whitt, Nathaniel Abbott, Cole Ellis, Dalton Fields, Dalton Sheppard and Issac Fox.
The summer conditioning drills provide good opportunities for newcomers to become acquainted with the system and for veterans to get back into the football mind set. The Miners are well rounded at all positions. The line is big, the backs are fast, the receivers are tall, and the defense is mean.
The Miner’s coaching staff includes Joey Fields, Josh Sammons and Hady Ford.
Mingo Central will start off the season playing Wyoming East at home on August 28th.
Mingo Central Miners 2015 Football Schedule:
8/28/15 7:30 PM H – WYOMING EAST
9/04/15 7:30 PM A – TOLSIA
9/11/15 7:30 PM H – SISSONVILLE
9/25/15 7:30 PM H – NITRO
10/02/15 7:30 PM H – WAYNE
10/09/15 7:30 PM A – POCA
10/16/15 7:30 PM A – CHAPMANVILLE
10/23/15 7:30 PM H – SCOTT
10/30/15 7:30 PM A – HERBERT HOOVER
11/06/15 7:30PM A – WESTSIDE