Miners run up and over Highlanders

By Kyle Lovern

September 15, 2013

Kyle Lovern

Sports Editor

UPPER GLADE, W. Va. – The Mingo Central Miners improved to 2-1 on the season with a 45 to 24 road victory over Webster County on Friday night in Upper Glade, W.Va.

The first quarter saw both teams feeling each other out and turned into a defensive struggle and neither team scored.

The second quarter was a complete turnaround on offense by the Miners.

Sophomore quarterback Stevie Hammond hit pay-dirt on a 54 yard touchdown run with 11:29 left in the first half. The TD was set up on a pass from Hammond to Alex “Booger” Lee. The conversion failed, but Mingo Central led 6-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Webster County’s Logan Taylor broke loose and ran untouched 81 yards for a touchdown. The conversion failed, and the score was knotted at 6-6 with 11:17 left in the second quarter.

Sophomore Deonte Joplin had a good kick return and got into Highlander territory. Then Hammond scored his second TD of the night on a 33-yard keeper. Then Hammond scored the 2-point conversion to give the Miners a 14-6 lead.

At that point, Mingo Central had only been successful on 2-of-7 PAT attempts for the season.

After a 3-and-out by the MCHS defense, a short punt gave the Miners good field position again. A pass to Lee for a first down moved the ball down field. After a penalty, Joplin picked up a first down on an 11-yard run. Then Tyler Jude came in at quarterback and hit Hammond for another first down. Then the Miners increased their lead to 22-6 after a Dekwon Willis rushing TD.

The MCHS defense held Webster County again and forced another punt. The kick was shanked and once again gave Mingo great field position. A trick play, a halfback pass from Chance Lester to Lee moved the ball to the 20 yard line. Then the speedy Hammond scored his third TD of the night as he made it into the end zone again. Then he connected with Lester for the 2-point conversion pass to increase the lead to 30-6.

Mingo got the football back once again with only seconds left. Their offense was in full gear and they continued to step on the throttle. Hammond hooked up with Lee as the tall wide receiver jumped up to make the catch and scamper into the end zone. Hammond hit Jude for the 2-point conversion with only six seconds left in the half to give Mingo a commanding 38-6 lead.

Hammond rushed for 113 yards on seven carries and three TDs in the first half alone. The young signal caller he was 4-of-4 passing for 73 yards.

Mingo Central had 310 total yards in the first half, 271 of that in the second quarter.

The Miners added to their total in the third quarter as Joplin broke through for a 57 yard TD run, his second score of the season and his first rushing TD. Joe Hunt kicked the extra point and MCHS led 45-6 with 3:57 left in the third quarter.

Webster County got a touchdown catch from Ben Cochran from Dalton Gray with :22 seconds left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 45-12.

Coach Yogi Kinder and his staff substituted heavily in the final quarter.

The Highlanders got a TD run from Walker Lawson. The conversion pass failed, but they lead was 45-18 with 9:39 left in the game.

The home team got one more score to bring the final total to 45-24.

Mingo Central had 401 yards of total offense, 268 on the ground and 133 through the air. Hammond finished with 123 yards on nine carries and three TDs and he was 5-of-5passing for 82 yards. Jude completed a pass for 13 yards.

“Booger” Lee caught five passes for 95 yards and a TD. Other rushing totals for the Miners saw Joplin pick up 63 yards on eight tries and a score, Chase Justice and Chance Lester each had four carries and 33 yards, while Willis had 13 yards on the ground and a TD.

It was a good team defensive effort by the Miners led by Zack Holt. He had a big sack in the second half. Hunt also had a sack, while Willis recovered a fumble.

Mingo held the Highlanders to 245 total yards of offense, but much of that came in the final quarter against the subs.

Mingo Central will hit the road again this week as travel to Wyoming County to take on Westside High School.

Score by quarters:

Mingo C (2-1)… 0 38 7 0 - 45

Webster (0-3) … 0 6 6 12 - 24