NEWTOWN – Mingo Central senior running back Joe May had a career night in the Miners 44-0 shutout victory over Herbert Hoover Friday night at James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium.
May rushed for more than 300 yards (301 total) and four touchdowns in his record setting performance. That is a single game career best for the all-state player. He also becomes the first player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
“First of all I wouldn’t have gotten a 1,000 yards if it was not for my offensive line,” May said. “They do an amazing job. They get all my credit. They make the holes and I just run up in it there. Thanks everyone. I love Mingo Central. If tonight was my last game I ended the way I dreamed.”
Senior Joe Hall had two big fumble recoveries for Mingo Central. Those turnovers help set up scores. Hall, Drew Kirk, who forced two fumbles with big hits, and Garth Simpkins helped lead the Miner defense to its first shutout win.
Mingo Central finished the regular season with a 5-5 record. They still had an outside shot at making the Class AA playoffs as of press-time on Saturday. The entered the game ranked No. 20 in Single-A.
However, there are several more games to be played because of postponements and cancellations due to the heavy snowfall parts of West Virginia received earlier in the week.
In fact, Harless Stadium located on the mountaintop campus of Mingo Central, had at least 12 inches of snow on the field turf this past week. Coach Yogi Kinder credited and thanked several volunteers for helping to clear off the snow so his team could play its final home game of the season on Friday night.
The Herbert Hoover Huskies, which trailed 36-0 at halftime, moved inside the Mingo 10 in the third quarter but lost the ball on a fumble. That was as close as they came to scoring. The finish the season at 1-9.
The entire roster saw action for Mingo Central. Kinder and his staff got a lot of their younger players some playing time in the game. The Miners will return several players next season. There are also several good middle school players coming up to MCHS next year.
The seniors on the Miner’s roster were honored before the game.