By Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — The Mingo Central High School football team came to Chapmanville on Friday night and made a statement.
That statement was that the Miners are good.
Very very good.
Mingo Central, ranked No. 8 in the state in Class AA, put the hammer down on the unbeaten and No. 5-ranked Chapmanville Regional Tigers with a resounding 69-21 win at Tiger Stadium.
The win improved the Miners to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the Cardinal Conference.
Mingo Central, whose only loss this season was a Week 2 setback at Tolsia, 44-41, closes out the season with conference games against Scott and Herbert Hoover and a non-league closer against Westside.
The Miners hope to win them all, finish with a 9-1 record and host a first-round playoff game.
Chapmanville, which entered the night tied for Tolsia for first place in the Cardinal Conference, dropped to 7-1, 4-1.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers as their bottom-heavy schedule continues next Friday night at Tolsia (7-0, 5-0), before closing out in two weeks at Wayne, which is having a down year at 3-4 following Friday night’s 36-8 loss to Herbert Hoover. Tolsia remained undefeated and took sole possession of first place in the conference standings with Friday’s 34-16 win at Scott, Mingo Central’s opponent this coming Friday night.
Most people expected Friday night’s showdown to be a close game — maybe even a toss-up. It was even the Northside Automotive Metro News Class AA State Game of the Week.
But close it wasn’t.
The Miners dominated the game in the trenches, and pounded Chapmanville’s defense with a quick-paced relentless rushing attack. Led by quarterback Stevie Hammond and tailbacks Deonte Joplin and Caleb Lester, Mingo Central rolled up 717 yards of total offense, including more than 500 yards on the ground.
Hammond scored four first half touchdowns on runs of 1, 20, 4 and 4 as the Miners led 42-7 at halftime. Hammond also fired two TD passes — a 72-yarder to Taylor Thornsbury and a 17-yard strike to former Man High School player Daniel Buchanan.
Hammond was 8-for-15 passing for 203 yards on the night.
Joplin scored two touchdowns in the first quarter on runs of 20 and 73 and finished the first half with 223 yards on just nine carries. He didn’t play in the second half due to a reported twisted ankle.
Lester had two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 20 for the Miners.
Mingo Central went up 6-0 at the 8:20 mark of the first quarter with Joplin’s 20-yard TD run. Jeremy Harrison’s extra point kick was no good.
Mingo Central’s Deyonte scores on a 20-yard touchdown run to put the Miners on top of Chapmanville 6-0 in Friday night’s game. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville, led by quarterback Alex Berry, then looked to answer right back, as the Tigers took its second drive all the way to the Mingo Central 23-yard line. Berry’s first-down pass, however, was picked off by former Man player Tyler Grimmett at the 5 and returned all the way to the 27.
Mingo Central’s Tyler Grimmett intercepts a pass. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Joplin then took it to the house on the very next snap, dashing in for a 73-yard score at the 4:50 mark as the Miners led 12-0.
The Tigers then gave Mingo Central good field position after a 13-yard shanked punt by Tanner Dillon at the CRHS 46-yard line.
Five plays later, Hammond scored from 1 yard out. Hammond then ran in the two-point conversion and Mingo Central led 20-0 at the 1:43 mark of the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a nifty 18-yard run by Joplin to the 3.
Mingo Central QB Stevie Hammond scores from 1 yard out to make it 20-0. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Miners’ Deyonte Joplin runs for 18 yards to set up Mingo Central’s second touchdown. (Video by Paul Adkins)
On the Miners’ next possession, Mingo Central looked to pad its lead but Joplin fumbled the ball away at the Chapmanville 9 after a run of 71 yards. Dylan Smith recovered for the Tigers.
Chapmanville’s drive stalled, however, as Berry was sacked by Mingo Central’s Dalton Fields.
Tigers’ QB Alex Berry is sacked by Dalton Fields. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Four snaps later, the Miners were into the end zone again with Hammond’s 20-yard keeper for a touchdown as MCHS led 26-0 with 7:20 left until halftime.
A 20-yard touchdown run by the Miners’ Stevie Hammond put his team up 26-0. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The Miners scored again on their next drive with Hammond’s 4-yard keeper at the 3:37 mark. Hammond passed to Isaac Fox on the two-point conversion as the lead swelled to 34-0.
A 4-yard touchdown run by Stevie Hammond put the Miners on top 34-0 over Chapmanville. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville had to punt again and after a 42-yard return by Thornsbury to the Tiger 23-yard line, the Miners were in business again.
Hammond scored on the third play of the drive with 4-yard TD run. Thornsbury tacked on the conversion run and Mingo Central led 42-0 with 1:34 left until halftime.
Stevie Hammond’s 4-yard run made it 42-0 Miners. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville got on the board four snaps later with Berry’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Smith. After Dillon’s successful PAT it was 42-7.
Mingo Central kept its high-octane offense in high gear in the second half, marching 62 yards in seven plays on its opening drive, culminating with Lester’s 1-yard TD dive, giving the Miners a 49-7 lead with 10:02 in the third following Harrison’s kick.
Mingo Central’s Caleb Lester scores on a 1-yard TD plunge to give the Miners a 49-7 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Then on the third play of its next drive, Mingo Central scored yet another touchdown with Hammond’s 72-yard touchdown pass to Thornsbury to make it a 56-7 ballgame with 6:48 showing on the clock. Harrison’s PAT was again good.
Lester then gave the Miners a 62-7 lead with 1:52 to go with a 20-yard run. Harrison’s point after boot sailed wide right.
The Miners’ Caleb Lester scores on a 20-yard touchdown run to put MCHS ahead 62-7. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville was able to save a little face with Berry’s 13-yard TD pass to Noah Dingess with 10:58 left in the game to make it 62-14. Dillon’s extra point kick split the uprights.
The Tigers’ Noah Dingess catches a 13-yard TD pass from Alex Berry to make it 62-14. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Mingo Central then closed it out with 4:50 to go as Hammond tossed a 17-yard TD pass to a leaping Buchanan in the end zone. Harrison’s kick was good as the Miners led 69-14.
The Tigers scored one more touchdown with 3:31 left with Dillon’s 2-yard run and PAT as the game ended 69-21 in favor of Mingo Central.
Mingo Central is 3-0 all-time vs. Chapmanville. The Miners won 53-6 last year at home and also took a 20-14 win over the Tigers two years ago on the road.
* In other Logan County high school football action on Friday night: Logan lost 62-26 to Class AAA No. 15 John Marshall in its annual homecoming game; and Class A No. 4 Man won 48-6 at Sherman.
Logan is 2-5 on the season and Man is 6-1.
— Look for more on the Chapmanville-Mingo Central game, including game statistics, coaches comments from CRHS coach George Barker and Mingo Central coach Yogi Kinder, plus photographs in Sunday’s Logan Banner print edition.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 5-0 7-0 260 118
Mingo Central 4-1 6-1 377 136
Chapmanville 4-1 7-1 309 200
Herbert Hoover 4-2 5-2 273 158
Wayne 2-3 3-4 235 244
Scott 1-4 2-5 178 306
Sissonville 1-5 2-5 107 188
Poca 0-4 0-7 118 365
Friday, October 16 results:
Mingo Central 69, Chapmanville 21
Tolsia 34, Scott 16
Herbert Hoover 36, Wayne 8
Sissonville 13, Clay County 12
Poca — BYE WEEK
Friday, October 23 games:
Logan at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Scott at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Roane County at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville QB Alex Berry completes a 10-yard pass to Noah Dingess. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Caleb Lester runs for 14 yards in Friday night’s 69-21 win at Chapmanville. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville wide receiver Billy Sheppard reels in an 11-yard catch
The Miners’ Caleb Lester runs for 36 yards. (Video by Paul Adkins)