RED JACKET – Senior tailback Joe May rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mingo Central to a 34-12 upset win over visiting River View Friday night at James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium.
The Mingo Central defense played an outstanding game holding the undefeated Raiders to 12 points in the first half and shutting them out in the second half. The Miners led 26-12 at halftime.
The defense was led by Garth Simpkins, Drew Kirk, Joe Hall, Alex “Booger” Lee and Devin Ellis. But the Miner’s coaching staff agreed that it was a total team effort, especially on the defensive side of the football. The Miners swarmed to the football all night.
Freshman quarterback Stevie Hammond scored Mingo’s first TD of the night with 6:39 left in the first quarter on a 6-yard run. The extra point kick was blocked, but the Miners led 6-0. Mingo Central had excellent field position after a bad snap on a Raiders punt. That helped set up the score.
After a good defensive stand by the Miners, May scored his first touchdown of the night from 5 yards out. Hammond then connected with May for the 2-point conversion to give the home team a 14-0 lead.
River View answered with: 34 seconds left in the first quarter as Joe McClanahan hit paydirt from 17 yards out. The 4-play drive and score was set up on a nice 52 yard run by Jordan Wilson. The run was stopped for the 2-point conversion and Mingo held onto a 14-6 lead.
After the Miners had to punt on their next possession, the Raiders quickly scored again. Wilson broke free for a 41-yard TD run. The conversion run was stuffed by the tough Miner defense, but River View had cut the score to 14-12. With 11:24 left in the first half.
With 4:42 remaining in the second quarter, May scored his second TD of the night from 4 yards out. The kick was blocked, but Mingo Central increased its lead to 20-12.
With 2:41 left in the first half, May broke free on a nice 25 yard TD run for his third score of the night. The conversion was stopped, but Mingo Central took a 26-12 lead into the dressing room.
On the opening kickoff of the third quarter, Mingo’s Hall recovered a fumble, but the Miners were unable to capitalize. Neither team scored in the third quarter and the score remained 26-12 heading into the final quarter.
Mingo Central’s defense continued to make big stands late in the fourth quarter, Israel Reynolds came up with a big sack with 5:14 left in the game. A couple of minutes later, at the 3:27 mark, Kirk had another sack for the Miners to stifle a River View drive.
With only with 1:45 left in the game, May, who had been out of the game because of severe cramps, broke several tackles, and then raced 50 yards for his fourth TD of the night. Hammond then his Lee for the 2-point conversion, and those final eight points put the icing on the cake for Mingo Central.
The win improved Mingo Central to 1-1 on the season. They will play host to Westside next Saturday night in the King Coal Bowl for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. River View fell to 2-1 on the season.
Wilson led River View with 108 yards rushing and a TD.
Mingo Central had 274 total yards on offense. May was the workhorse with 25 carries for his 184 yards.
Score by quarters:
RVHS …. 6 6 0 0 – 12
MCHS … 14 12 0 8 - 34