RED JACKET — A nearly perfect night of football took place at Mingo Central’s Harless Stadium, last Saturday night, as the Alumni of Matewan took down Gilbert, 38-14.
The skies cleared off and a crowd of nearly 4,000 came out to watch the two historic programs take some final shots at each other on the gridiron.
As expected, the game began with some great, hard hits from both sides and after exchanging a few series, the Tigers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead on a touchdown scored by Jacob Staton.
The Lions would have trouble finding much, if any, ground to work with throughout the first half. Matewan’s defense held very strong, and prevented any huge gains by the Gilbert offense.
The Lions’ lone score of the 1st half came on a fumble by Matewan on the 5-yard line.
At the break, the Tigers held a comfortable lead, 30-8.
Gilbert came out though with good spirits and tried to fight their way back into the game, scoring midway through the third quarter to make it 30-14. Yet again though as the second half progressed, the Tigers clamped down and prevented any considerable gains and walked away with the victory, 38-14.
After the conclusion of the game, lots of players from both sides stayed around, talked with each other and expressed how much they enjoyed getting to play a final time for the green and purple.
Some players traveled hundreds of miles just to get this chance. It was only fitting that as both teams left the field, they raised their helmets and shouted “Miners.”
It was a great fundraiser for the Mingo Central football team and game director, Joey Fields, who a deemed it a huge success. A few plans are already on the table for another game in the future.
“The game was all we imagined and more. The crowd was unbelievable and the communities support through out this process was fantastic. We hope this shows our current players at Mingo Central and our communities how the game of football builds relationships that last forever. Thanks to all the sponsors, coaches, and players that participated in this once in a life time event,” Fields said.