Several players stepped up big in football action this past weekend.
Mingo Central’s Joe May was named MVP of the King Coal Bowl for helping his team defeat Westside 37-24.May, a senior, rushed for 176 yards and a TD, caught three passes for 40 yards and ran a kickoff back 82 yards for another score.
Belfry’s Josh Robinson was big on the defensive side of the football in the Pirates 48-0 shutout of Pikeville. He intercepted four Panther passes. The top rushers for BHS were Trenity Carr with 150 yards and Austin Hatfield with 149 yards. Keaton Taylor scored three touchdowns for the Pond Creek gang.
Aaron Muncy scored two touchdowns for Tug Valley in their 42-30 win over Twin Valley, Va. Muncy totaled up big yardage on the ground and hooked up with quarterback Mikey Newsome via the pass for over 115 yards. Muncy also had a late interception for a TD, but it was called back because of a penalty.
Sheldon Clark’s Tyler O’Connor had four more touchdowns for the Cardinals. Only a freshman, he rushed for 110 yards in a tough loss at Perry Central.
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WVU’s Geno Smith is 66 for 75 passing in his first two games for 734 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions. A legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, the senior seems to be playing at a new level – even by his lofty standards.
He already has broken the all-time passing yardage record at WVU passing Marc Bulger, and he still has plenty of games to add to his total. Smith packed on some added size and strength this year. He is also averaging 41.5 yards rushing. If he isn’t a number one pick in the NFL draft next spring, I would be very surprised.
…. The Big 12 announced Monday that the Sept. 29 Big 12 opener with Baylor at Mountaineer Field will begin at noon and be televised by FX.
… Marshall’s Rakeem Cato is also putting up some big numbers. The sophomore has completed 114-of-161 passes for 1, 227 total yards and 8 TDs. He is averaging 407 yards passing per game.
… Single-seat tickets still remain for Saturday’s game against Maryland. To order, stop by the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum or call 1-800-WVU-GAME. Fans can pick up will call orders at the North end of the stadium beginning at 10 a.m., on Saturday.
… Finally, there are a lot of things being said on the message boards and I’ve gotten many e-mails about the Mingo Central basketball coaching position. For now, nothing is official. Once something happens, either way on the situation, we’ll have the story.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com)