Mingo Central waited five weeks to open the high school football season as they hosted the Man Hillbillies at Buck Harless Stadium on Friday night.
The Hillbillies took the lead for good early in the second half and then held off the Miners down the stretch to earn a 28-24 victory.
It marked only the third meeting between the two schools all-time. Man now holds a 2-1 advantage.
The Hillbillies defense accounted for the game’s first point as Justin Grimmett stripped the ball away and returned it 20 yards for a score and 6-0 lead.
Miner quarterback Daylin Goad put the Miners in front with a two-yard run in the final minute of the first period and then hit Isa Scales with the conversion pass to make it 8-6.
The Hillbillies went on top 14-8 when quarterback Israel Canterbury hit Grimmett with a 20-yard touchdown pass and then ran in the conversion.
Goad gave Mingo Central the lead back early in the third period on a two-yard run. His conversion made it 16-14.
Man regained the lead for good at 20-16 on Canterbury’s 12-yard pass to Jeremiah Harless.
The Hillbillies extended the lead to 28-16 on Erick Grimmett’s four-yard run and Justin Grimmett’s conversion.
Mingo Central blocked a punt late and closed to within 28-24 but Man recovered the onside kick.
The Miners will play Friday night at Oak Hill. The Hillbillies will play at Calhoun County on Oct. 9.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
MN (1-1)…..6 8 6 8 – 28
MC (0-1)…..8 0 8 8 – 24
MN – Justin Grimmett, 20-yard fumble return (kick failed), 8:48
MC – Daylan Goad, 2-yard run (Isa Scales pass from Daylin Goad), :57
MN – Justin Grimmett, 20-yard pass from Israel Canterbury (Israel Canterbury run), :51
MC – Daylin Goad, 2-yard run (Daylin Goad run), 4:02
MN – Jeremiah Canterbury, 12-yard pass from Israel Canterbury), 10:11
MN – Erick Grimmett, 4-yard run (Justin Grimmett pass from Israel Canterbury), 5:43
MC – Zion Martin, 8-yard run (Isa Scales pass from Daylin Goad), 1:19
Next up: Mingo Central (0-1) at Oak Hill (0-0), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2; Man (1-1) at Calhoun County (0-4), 7 p.m., Oct. 9.