LEADER OF THE PACK: Mingo Central quarterback Jeremy Dillon (5) passes during the Miners' homecoming win over Nitro. The Miners have now won 20 straight games. He completed 12-of-22 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns.
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20 and counting: Miners cruise in home win over Wildcats

Teddy Paynter

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Mingo Central ran its winning streak to 20 straight with a 52-0 thrashing of Nitro in a Cardinal Conference game played at "Buck" Harless Stadium on Oct. 6.


Kennedy Award winning quarterback Jeremy Dillon completed 12-of-22 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns as the Miners improved to 6-0 on homecoming night. He also rushed three times for 69 yards.


Running back Dawson Elia carried 13 times for 236 yards and two scores and hauled in three passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.


Receiver Drew Hatfield caught five passes for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Josh Reed had three catches for 85 yards.


Mingo Central struck quickly as Elia raced 33 yards for a touchdown with 11 minutes, 44 seconds left in the opening period for a 6-0 lead.


Dillon then hit Hatfield with a 16-yard touchdown pass and booted the PAT to make it 13-0. Dillon tossed a 39-yard TD pass to Justin Barker to push the Miners up 19-0 with 15 seconds left in the quarter.


Elia scored on a 20-yard pass play with 9:29 to go in the opening half to extend the lead to 25-0. Dillon ran 26 yards with 3:09 remaining and hit Hatfield with a 28-yard pass play with 1:56 to go, making it 38-0 at halftime.


The only points of the second half came in the third quarter.


Dalton Fields recovered a Nitro fumble in the end zone with 8:33 to play and Elia ran in from one yard out with 6:02 left to cap the scoring.


The Miners will travel to Madison (W.Va.) tonight to face Scott (2-4).




At Newtown, W.Va.




NT (2-5)…..................................0 0 0 0 – 0


MC (6-0)...................................19 19 14 0 – 52




First Quarter


MC – Dawson Elia, 33-yard run (kick failed), 11:44


MC – Drew Hatfield, 16-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (Jeremy Dillon kick), 1:32


MC – Justin Barker, 39-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (kick failed), :15


Second Quarter


MC – Dawson Elia, 20-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (kick failed), 9:29


MC – Jeremy Dillon, 26-yard run (Jeremy Dillon kick), 3:09


MC – Drew Hatfield, 28-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (kick failed), 1:56


Third Quarter


MC – Dalton Fields recovers fumble in the end zone (Jeremy Dillon kick), 8:33


MC – Dawson Elia, 1-yard run (Jeremy Dillon kick), 6:02


Fourth Quarter


No scoring


Next up: Mingo Central (6-0) at Scott (2-4), Oct. 13.