RED JACKET, W.Va. — Let’s say it like it is.
Just as Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly would say, “this is a no spin zone.”
The no spin is as follows.
The Mingo Central High School football team is a force to be reckoned with — a bona fide contender for the Wheeling Super Six.
The Miners easily defeated Chapmanville Regional, 47-8, on Friday night at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium in a battle of top 10-ranked Cardinal Conference teams.
The Tigers played hard and did not quit but they were no match for No. 4-ranked Mingo Central, a powerful team, which improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Cardinal Conference. The Miners, which beat Chapmanville 69-21 last year on the road, is 4-0 all-time against the Tigers.
No. 10-ranked Chapmanville (5-3, 4-3) saw its five-game winning streak snapped, but the Tigers are still very much alive and control their own destiny as far as the Class AA playoffs are concerned.
More on that later.
Friday night, however, belonged to the Miners, which were able to snuff out Chapmanville’s big-play offense and use its spread offense to put up some big numbers.
Mingo Central quarterback Jeremy Dillon scored four touchdowns on runs of 5, 17, 60 and 1 and had 10 carries for 183 yards. He was also 7 of 12 passing for 48 yards.
Miners’ bruising fullback Joe Hunt reached the end zone the other three times on runs of 6, 11 and 10. He also had another touchdown — a 5-yard run — called back due to penalty. Hunt finished with 130 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Caleb Lester had another 55 yards on the ground on six tries.
Even with the lopsided score, Mingo Central coach Yogi Kinder was not all that happy with his team’s play, citing the numerous penalties (14 yellow hankies for 110 yards) that seemed to plaque the Miners all night long despite their dominance.
“We didn’t play very smart tonight,” Kinder said. “We had too many penalties. We had five on one daggone drive. We’ve got some big guys that aren’t very tough. Put that in the paper. They don’t play tough. I don’t know what we are going to do with them. They play the way they want to play. I’m sick of it. Put that in the paper. We have to get some guys on our team tougher.”
On the whole, the Miners just simply outplayed and outmanned the Tigers.
“We were just tougher,” Kinder said. “We were just better and had better blockers, catchers and had a better quarterback. Coach Rob Dial, though, is doing a real good job at Chapmanville. At the first of the year they weren’t very good but he’s got them playing real hard. We got tougher guys and this is a tough game. When you have tougher guys you should win.”
Chapmanville coach Rob Dial said Mingo Central has the potential to run the table and make a deep playoff run.
“We were down but we didn’t hang our heads,” Dial said. “We competed but we played against a first-class team. Mingo Central is a good team and I believe they are a state championship caliber team. That’s who we got beat by tonight. Our kids didn’t play the greatest but a lot of that had to do with our opponent. They made some things difficult on us. We could have played better and we’re going to play better over the course of the next couple of weeks I believe.”
Chapmanville is still very much in the Class AA playoff race.
Next week’s home game against No. 14-ranked Winfield (5-2) will be huge. CRHS will most likely need wins over Winfield and over Wayne (1-6) in the finale in order to reach the post-season.
“We’re not going to let this one game define our season. We’re looking forward to seeing what we can get next week against Winfield,” Dial said.
Friday night’s loss proved costly for the Tigers.
Starting quarterback Adam Vance and Dillon Renniger, a starter for Chapmanville on defense and also the team’s place kicker, were lost due to possible concussions. Vance left the game late in the first half and was replaced by Austin Butcher in the final two quarters.
Leading rusher Tristan Browning, who sustained a high ankle sprain two weeks ago at Nitro and missed last week’s Man game, limped off the field in the third quarter.
The status of the three injured players is unknown.
“We had some guys go down with some injuries,” Dial said. “We’ll see how the weekend goes and see how they heal up and see who we have next week. You have to admire Austin Butcher for stepping in there at quarterback. He really hadn’t had that many snaps. It’s been a while. Robert Seigman stepped in there and did a fine job for us at cornerback.”
Mingo Central led 34-8 at halftime and then coasted in the second half.
On the fourth play of the third quarter, Hunt scored on an 11-yard touchdown run to put the Miners ahead 40-8 with 10:30 showing on the clock.
Later, with 2:55 to go, the Miners closed out the scoring with Hunt’s 10-yard TD run. The kick by Billy Mitchem was good as MCHS led 47-8.
The game started out bad for the Tigers as Vance was intercepted by Thomas Harmon at the MCHS 38-yard line.
Mingo Central, running out of the spread, then found pay dirt 11 plays later as Dillon scored on a 5-yard keeper. Mitchem’s PAT was good as the Miners led 7-0 with 6:20 to go in the first quarter.
Mingo Central scored two snaps later on its next drive with Dillon’s 17-yard TD run. After the Mitchem kick it was 14-0 Miners with 4:42 to go.
“He’s a good player and he’s a tough guy too,” Kinder said of Dillon.
Chapmanville was forced to punt again on its next drive but the Miners fumbled the ball away and Robert Seigman fell on the ball at the MCHS 46-yard line.
The Tigers, however, were forced to a three-and-out punt and Mingo Central was able to reach the end zone two plays later with Hunt’s 6-yard TD run with 48 ticks to go in the opening quarter. The PAT sailed wide right but the Miners led 20-0. The score was set up by Dillon’s 54-yard run on first down.
Chapmanville got the ball back and tried to get something going.
The Tigers went for a fourth-and-inches on their own 30 and were able to move the sticks with a 1-yard run by Vance.
Vance, though, was sacked twice and CRHS had to punt.
Mingo Central took over on its own 40.
And on the very next play, Dillon dashed down the field for a 60-yard touchdown to make it 27-0 with 9:25 remaining until halftime.
Dillon later made it 34-0 with 4:42 to go with a 1-yard TD plunge.
The Tigers then got on the board with a 13-play 65-yard drive, culminating with Vance’s 14-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left until halftime. Vance connected with Dylan Smith on the 2-point conversion to make it 34-8.
It was the only score of the night for the Tigers.
Chapmanville was outgained 416-124 in yards of total offense. The Tigers had 30 rushes for a net 21 yards. Vance was 11 of 26 passing for 91 yards. He entered the game with 1,607 yards in the air and an average of 229.4 yards passing per contest.
Smith had seven carries for 21 yards and three catches for 26 yards. He was also 2 for 2 passing for 12 yards on a pair of halfback pass plays.
Brennan Williams had two catches for 24 yards, while Billy Shepherd had three grabs for 23 yards. Ryan Craddock had six carries for 30 yards. Browning was held to four attempts for eight yards.
CRHS was penalized eight times for 55 yards.
Craddock led the Tigers’ defense with six solo tackles and two assists.
Smith had four solos, two assists and a fumble recovery. CJ Dalton had four solos and one assist. Seth Whitt contributed four solos and two assists. Butcher had four solos and punted five times for an average of 33 yards per kick.
Evan Willis and Timmy Bigley each had two solos and two assisted tackles. Robert Seigman had two tackles and one fumble recovery. Shepherd had two solos and one assist.
Tyler Barcklay and Renniger each had a solo tackle and an assist. Williams had one solo stop and Devin Vance fell on one fumble.
The Miners had 28 rushes for 368 yards.
Freshman Drew Hatfield had five catches for 24 yards. Dalton Sheppard had two grabs for 24 yards.
Lester led the Miners with eight tackles and a sack. Isaac Fox had 6.5 tackles, while Tyler Grimmett had 5.5 tackles and a sack.
Dougie Dillon had 3.5 tackles, while Sheppard, Kaleb Hurley and Thomas Harmon each had three stops. Trey Lester had two tackles and a sack. Daniel Buchanan had two tackles and a sack.
Austin Ray, Lee Chafin, Aaron Mahon, Zach Yates, Dalton Fields and Robbie Daniels each had a tackle.
Chapmanville now shifts focus to next week’s Winfield game. The Generals, a former Class AAA school and one of the three new members of the Cardinal Conference, crushed the winless Poca Dots 55-6 on Friday night.
“We have to focus in on Winfield,” Dial said. “If we are fortunate enough to beat Winfield that’s going to give us an opportunity at making it to the playoffs. Right now that’s what our primary focus needs to be.”
Mingo Central plays at Scott (2-5) on Friday before hosting Herbert Hoover and Winfield in the last two weeks of the regular season.
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Mingo Central 5-0 7-0 355 89
Chapmanville 4-3 5-3 246 163
Logan 1-1 3-4 197 154
Scott 2-4 2-5 157 191
Wayne 0-5 1-6 149 232
Team CONF ALL PF PA
Sissonville 6-1 6-1 198 149
Winfield 5-1 5-2 294 192
Herbert Hoover 5-2 5-2 227 134
Nitro 1-5 1-6 105 310
Poca 0-7 0-8 84 380
Friday, October 14 results
Mingo Central 47, Chapmanville 8
Greenbrier East 34, Logan 22
Tolsia 28, Scott 8
Herbert Hoover 42, Wayne 29
Sissonville 48, Nitro 26
Winfield 55, Poca 6
Friday, October 21 games
*Sissonville at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
*Winfield at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
*Mingo Central at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
*Poca at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nitro at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Roane County, 7:30 p.m.
*Cardinal Conference game
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).