RED JACKET – Next Saturday will begin another year of football for the Mingo Central Miners. Last season the Miners went 10-2, losing two close games to the Wayne Pioneers, once in the regular season and once in their season ending playoff appearance.
This year Mingo Central is gunning for glory and returning a special weapon to help get the job done. Quarterback Steven Hammond will begin his senior year, hopefully, with enough experience under his belt to lead Mingo Central to a class AA state Championship.
Last season Hammond was chosen first team all-state in West Virginia and was has already been named as a preseason all-state pick by the Charleston Gazette-Mail for the upcoming season.
Last season the junior quarterback finished the season with some very impressive statistics. Hammond completed 54 of his 96 passing attempts giving him a 56.3 percent completion rate; he had 863 yards for the season and connected for 10 touchdown scores. The speedy Hammond was just under averaging a hundred yards per game with 95.9.
Hammond has been a four year starter for the Miners and contributes a lot to his team not only as the offensive leader on the field but as linebacker on the defensive side of the ball. Hammond recorded 38.5 total tackles last season and two interceptions that he returned for a total of 33 yards.
Hammond spoke very well of the program and his teammates during media day that was held at Harless stadium. Hammond said “we have some big time starters back this year and we expect big things out of this group, hopefully we can make it farther than we did last year and really leave our mark on it this year.”
Hammond sounded ready and excited to lead the Miners on the field this year, “we have been conditioning ourselves very hard because of how up-tempo our offense is this year, you really have to be in great shape to play how we play, coach really keeps us on our toes with the game plans and strategies, I’m really excited about this upcoming season.”
Mingo Central head coach Yogi Kinder will get his first opportunity to properly gauge his team next Saturday on the August 15, at the Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama as they take on the Sissonville Indians for a scheduled scrimmage at 3:30 p.m.
The Miners travel to Princeton for another scrimmage the following weekend. They open up the regular season at home against Wyoming East at Harless Stadium.
(WilliamPlaster 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)