Miners, Panthers hit the road this week
by By Paul Adkins
Civitas News Service
NEWTOWN — The Mingo Central High School football team could be dubbed the “Cardiac Kids” so far this season.
Each of their first two games has gone down to the final seconds.
They lost a one-point heartbreaker in their home opener, 27-26, against Wyoming East and then held on to win a 20-19 game at Tolsia last week.
No doubt the Miner fans have been on pins and needles so far this season.
The Mingo Central will head north to take on Webster Springs this Friday in Upperglade, W.Va.
Webster County is a new school on the schedule. Their nickname is the Highlanders and the school colors are red and black. They play in the Class AA division like MCHS.
They have lost their first two games to Richwood and Ravenswood.
The offensive rushing leaders for the Miners include Chance Lester with 18 carries for 122 yards and two TDs, Deonte Joplin with 21 carries for 121 yards, Chase Justice 11 tries for 70 yards and a score and Dekwon Willis has 20 totes for 70 yards and a TD.
Joplin had a 73-yard kickoff return last week at Tolsia for a touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Stevie Hammond has 18 carries for 30 yards, but has been sacked so that has hurt his rushing total. He has scored one TD. Hammond has completed 12 passes in 24 attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Alex Lee has six catches for 96 yards, while Lester has caught two passes for 22 yards and a TD.
On defense the Miners have been led by Ethan Collins, Zack Holt, Lee and several others. Brandon Blankenship will miss the game again this week due to an injury he suffered in the first game.
Assistant coach Joey Fields said that Mingo Central’s younger players are getting better and have learned a lot in the first two games. He and the rest of the coaching staff believe the team will get better each week as the season progresses.
The game at Webster County is slated to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard on WXCC 96.5 FM with Joe Kinzer providing the play-by-play and Pedro Ledger with color commentary and stats.
Tug Valley goes
to Mount View
NAUGATUCK — The Tug Valley Panthers will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to McDowell County to take on Mount View on Friday night.
They will leave the friendly confines of their football field at Naugatuck and take a 1-1 record into Week 3. They won their season opener over Sherman, but lost to a good Meadow Bridge squad last Friday night.
Mount View is 0-2 after getting blanked 44-0 last week at home to Man. The Golden Knights lost 28-0 to McDowell County rival River View in the season opener.
“We have to learn from our mistakes that we made last week against Meadow Bridge,” head Coach Tony Clusky said. “Mt.View has a pretty good team and their record doesn’t show it. But they have some good athletes. We must do a better job on special teams containing their speed. We have taken care of some little things in practice this week.”
Senior David Runyon and sophomore Phillip Lucas each have 119 yards rushing in the first two games for the Pantehrs. Runyon has two rush TDs and one receiving. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Conley has 84 yards on the ground and a TD, while he has passed for 167 yards and a pair of scores. Austin Baisden has one TD on a 40-yard reception and Aaron Copley has caught two passes for 42 yards.
Lucas carried the football more last week and he had better production on the ground.
On defense, Jonathan Farley leads the way with 12 tackles, Conley has 11, Lucas and Copley seven each, while Runyon and Dwayne Marcum each have six.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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