Miners to face Sissonville this week


By William Plaster - [email protected]



RED JACKET – After a very disappointing loss to the Tolsia Rebels last week, the Mingo Central High School football team is hoping to bounce back before they take on the Sissonville Indians this coming Friday.

The Miners and Indians have faced off earlier this year during the preseason scrimmages. The Indians won the scrimmage. However, the Miners were missing five starters from the game. The Miners lost by two points during the scrimmage without the help of two linemen, a running back, and a wide receiver. The final score was 16-14.

The Indians have lost their first two games against in-conference rivals Chapmanville and Wayne. They are now 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the Cardinal Conference. The Miners are now 1-1 on the regular season after beating Wyoming East in the season opener but losing to Tolsia in their first conference game.

“This is a big game for us, we really need a win this week to keep us from falling behind in the conference,” Mingo Central Coach Yogi Kinder said.

Mingo Central had some problems going into last week’s game against the Rebels.

The Miners had a multitude of dropped passes and missed tackles.

The game was littered with penalties and cramps.

Most of the big plays that Tolsia scored on were when the Miners had starting players on the sideline nursing cramps.

“We didn’t come out with that fire that we usually have. We weren’t playing like our normal self. We weren’t acting like we were facing a team that had just beat Wayne,” Kinder said.

Sissonville will be entering this week’s game with less recovery time.

Last week, the Indians were forced to discontinue the game on Friday night, against Wayne, because of lightning. The game was finished the next day. The Indians lost the game by a score of 49-20.

“Sissonville has a good team I think,” Kinder said. “We are working on getting everything lined out. We are dealing with some injuries and are fixing the problems we have had throughout the last couple of games like missing tackles and dropped passes.”

The Miners will be wearing special stickers on their helmets in remembrance of of 9/11 since the game will take place on September 11, the date of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.

This game is also designated as the John Fry Bowl. Fry was a former player and assistant coach who will be remembered during the game.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Mingo Central’s Harless Stadium.

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By William Plaster

[email protected]

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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