By Kyle Lovern
Mingo Central will take on Scott in this year’s Cardinal Conference Gridorama
in one of the four preseason scrimmage games slated for Saturday, August 16 at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
The Mingo-Scott game will be the finale of the 4-team scrimmage.
This is the second year the Cardinal Conference Gridorama will be held.
Last year’s inaugural event was held at Buck Harless Stadium on the campus of Mingo Central High School.
This year’s grid event will also be played on Field Turf. Scott’s field has the new popular playing surface like Harless Stadium.
This field should fit well for the Miners of Coach Yogi Kinder. It will be the first time Mingo Central faces the Boone County school on the gridiron. They will also play the Skyhawks for the first time in the regular season.
Kinder said he looks forward to the scrimmage so he and his staff will have a measuring stick to see where the team needs to improve before the start of the regular season.
For the first year Mingo Central will have a full slate of Cardinal Conference games on its schedule. Due to contracts and scheduling obstacles the Miners were only able to play a few of the schools the past two seasons.
Now they will have all of the other seven high schools in the Class AA league.
Mingo Central finished 8-2 in the regular season and made it to the post season. They lost in the first round of the playoffs, but the team was competitive and is slowly becoming a strong Class AA opponent.
Meanwhile, Chapmanville will take on perennial power Wayne in the girdorama.
Chapmanville went 5-5 last year and missed the Class AA playoffs.
Wayne is a perennial state powerhouse in football and was going for a third straight state title last year after taking crowns in 2011 and 2012. Once again Wayne will also be a tough opponent for Mingo Central and all of the conference teams.
Other Cardinal Conference teams are Scott, Sissonville, Poca, Tolsia and Herbert Hoover.
The full slate of games for the scrimmage is not yet known.
Chapmanville Coach George Barker said each of the four gridorama scrimmages will be given an allotted amount of time. It will be controlled scrimmages with each offense getting to run a series of 10-play drives. There will also be a 10-play series for the JV teams.
“We will run a series of 10-play drives and then 10 plays with the JV. Then we will have some controlled down and distance (plays),” Barker said. “There will be an allotted time for each scrimmage and when that time is up you are done.”
This summer most teams will take part in three 7-on-7 events to be held in June. Schools now get a 3-week practice period where coaches can work with players.
Most football players from good programs have been working hard in the weight room.
The first day of regular season practices are set for Monday, August 4 by the WVSSAC.
2014 Mingo Central Schedule
Aug. 29 Wyoming East Away
Sept. 5 *Tolsia (John Fry Bowl) Home
Sept. 12 *Sissonville Away
Sept. 19 Westside Home
Sept. 26 *Wayne Away
Oct. 3 Open
Oct. 10 *Poca (Homecoming) Home
Oct. 17 *Chapmanville Home
Oct. 24 *Scott Away
Oct. 31 *Herbert Hoover (Senior Night) Home
Nov. 7 Mt. View Away
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)