NEWTOWN – The Mingo Central High School football team finally beat longtime rival Wayne for the first time in school history on Friday night with a 50-14 victory at home.
The game ended early with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter because of two crucial injuries for each team and the point difference.
The Miners (4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Cardinal Conference), had a busy first quarter as Steven Hammond started off the scoring with a 28-yard touchdown run at the 10:10 mark. Jeremy Harrison added the extra point kick and the Miners jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
Mingo Central scored again at the 6:11 mark when Deonte Joplin ran in on a 4-yard touchdown. Hammond completed the two-point conversion pass to Tyler Grimett to make the score 15-0.
Joe Hunt punched it in next for the Miners from 3 yards out with 5:30 left to play in the first quarter. Harrison added the extra point kick as MCHS led 22-0.
With 39 seconds remaining in the first quarter Jeremiah Milum completed a 7-yard pass to Cody Stiltner to put Wayne on the scoreboard. Stiltner and Milum connected again for the two-point conversion to make the score 22-8 in favor of the Miners.
Hunt then scored again for the Miners as he rolled into the end zone from 24 yards out. Harrison added the extra-point and the Miners led 29-8.
Mingo Central added another score when Caleb Lester intercepted a pass and took it to the house. Harrison added the extra point kick and the Miners took a commanding 36-8 lead.
With 7:42 left to play in the third quarter Joplin scored from 26 yards out to make it 42-8 but he failed to run in the two-point conversion.
Logan Queen put one more score up for Wayne from 1 yard out with 1:21 left to play in the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed as the Miners led 42-12.
Hunt then scored on a 20-yard touchdown run before the game was called. Hunt injured his leg on the play and had to be transported off the field in an ambulance.
Mingo Central rolled up 342 yards of total offense and held Wayne to just 156 yards. The Miners ended up with 276 yards rushing to Wayne’s 127.
Hunt led the Miners ground game with 175-yards rushing on 20 carries and three rushing touchdowns. Joplin added 51 yards on eight carries and two scores. Hammond added one touchdown run.
Ethan Collins led the Miners on defense with 6.5 total tackles. Lester followed with 5.5 tackles.
Wayne dropped to 2-3, 1-2 with the loss.
Mingo Central is scheduled to play at winless Poca (0-6, 0-3) this Friday night.
(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)