RED JACKET – Mingo Central trailed 18-14 at halftime, but made a strong comeback in the second half to pull out a 37-24 victory over Westside Saturday night at James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium.
The game was dubbed the King Coal Bowl, which used to be held in Williamson, and was played on the weekend of the county’s seats King Coal Festival. This was the reemergence of that bowl game with the Miners as the new host.
Westside scored first with 11:02 left in the first quarter on a 63-yard TD pass from Justin Cogar to Mike Mullens. This play was the old hook and lateral where Cogar threw a pass to Dylan Newsome, who lateraled to Mullens.
Mingo Central scored after a nice offensive drive with 3:44 left in the first quarter as freshman quarterback Steve Hammond scored on a 15-yard run. Tyler Harrison’s kick gave the Miners a 7-7 lead.
Westside regained the lead with 2:03 left in the initial quarter on a 46 yard TD run by Cogar. The conversion run failed, but Westside regained the lead 12 -7.
At the 1:51 mark of the first quarter, all-state running back Joe May broke loose for a 65- yard TD for Mingo Central. Harrison’s kick gave the home team a 14 -12 lead.
In the second quarter, Westside went ahead on a 1- yard run by Matthew Harless. The run failed, but they regained the lead at 18 – 14.
Mingo Central ran only 13 plays in the first half and lost two fumbles on back to back plays. This set Westside deep in Miner territory.
Westside had 274 yards of total offense in the first half.
Starting out the third quarter, the speedy May ran an 85-yard kickoff return back for a score. Hammond connected with Davey Ward for the 2-point conversion pass for a 22- 18 MCHS lead.
Mingo Central took the lead at this point in the game and never surrendered it.
The Miners scored with 10:18 left in the game, Mingo got another score on an 11-yard run by Hammond. Hammond and May hooked up for the conversion for a 30-18 advantage.
With 5:44 left in the game, Westside’s Mullens got a 6-yard run to make it 30-24 after the conversion was stopped.
With 1:46 remaining in the game, May, a senior, scored on a 10-yard run. Harrison booted the extra point to make it 37-24.
After allowing several big plays in the game, the Mingo Central defense started clicking, and turned the Renegades away on several drives.
The game was delayed for several minutes with 2:28 left in the third quarter when Mingo’s Ward suffered a head injury during the game. Ward became ill on the MCHS sideline. An ambulance service was summoned, but then it was decided he should be flown out. So a Health Net helicopter was called to the scene and landed in the parking lot next to the stadium.
Ward was reportedly released from the hospital and is at home resting. He suffered a severe concussion and may be out for a few games.
Hammond was 6- 10 passing for 59 yards and an interception. May rushed 25 times for 176 yards and a pair of TDs. Hammond carried it eight times for 37 yards and two scores.
May caught three passes for 40 yards. Several other MCHS players had one catch. The Miners had 279 yards of total offense.
For Westside, Cogar was 8 of 15 for 164 yards. He also rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. Mullens had 67 yards on 22 tries and a TD. Harless had eight carries for 26 yards and a TD.
Westside had 390 yards of offense and137 rushing yards in the first half.
Bowles caught three passes for 23 yards, while Newsome pulled in four for 78 yards. The Renegades had 226 rushing yards and 164 through the air.
Mingo Central is now 2-1 and plays host to Man on Friday in the John Fry Bowl. Fry is the former Miners assistant coach who passed away unexpectedly this past summer. Westside falls to 2-2 on the season and will host Independence.
Score by quarters:
WSHS …. 12 6 0 6 - 24
MCHS …. 14 0 8 15 -37