Written By: Logan Barker
Mingo Central (2-1) headed to Pikeview (4-2-1) on a rainy Saturday evening. It had called for storms all day and at the start it looked like the Miners would have to travel back home as the game was postponed for a little over 45 minutes due to lightning. The game originally was set to start at 2:30 pm, but the game didn’t kick off till about 3:20 pm.
This would be the second game the Miners were missing one of their captains, Christian Joplin who was sitting out his last game of the three game suspension due to receiving a red card against Chapmanville. The team really missed him on the road again and it showed in the later stretch of the match.
On the other hand, Mingo Central has added a new player to their roster who is returning from last year. Jacob Blankenship, who is also a starting cornerback for the Miners football team. Last season, Blankenship had 29 steals and was able to net a goal for the Miners. This should be a good addition for the Miners moving on in the season.
The game started off with Pikeview taking an early lead within the first 15 minutes of the game. The Miners had a lot of talent on their hands as Pikeview was very well balanced and everyone on their team was pretty good. As time passed on, Pikeview was able to net another goal off of a throw in header, but it didn’t take long for Mingo to strike back as Kendan Trent took the ball all the way down the field and was able to net the first and last goal for Mingo Central in the matchup to make the game 2-1 in favor of Pikeview.
Before the half, Pikeview was able to net one more goal in the closing minutes and the Miners went into the half down 3-1 and had kept the game relatively close. This was as close as the game got.
After the halftime break ended, the Miners took the field and the rain started to pour. This was their first rainy game of the season and it was rough. Pikeview’s experience really showed as they came out strong and were able to net three quick goals within 15 minutes of the start of the second half. At this point, morale was low, heads were down, and energy levels were depleted. The score was now 6-1 and nothing was going Mingo’s way. Pikeview was able to net two more goals to put the score to 8-1.
Mingo Central now falls down to .500 with a record of 2-2 and Pikeview Continues to rack on wins as they advance to 5-2-1.
The Miners have had a rough time on the road, but luckily for them, they have a home game coming up this Monday against Shady Spring, who are 3-2 on the season. This is not going to be an easy game for Mingo Central.
The match will start at 7 pm on Miner Mountain.