Mingo Central’s season came to an end with a 28-8 loss to Bridgeport last Saturday in the second round of the Class AA playoffs.
The Miners finished with a 9-3 record.
Early on, Mingo Central drove deep into Bridgeport territory. It looked as if the Miners were going to score, but Bridgeport came up with a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Devin Vandergrift scored Bridgeport’s first offensive TD with 8:08 left to play in the first half.
That gave Bridgeport a 14-0 lead.
Mingo Central drove deep into Bridgeport territory once again before the half. Goad tried to find Hatfield, but the ball was incomplete giving Bridgeport the ball back as the Miners turned the ball over on downs.
In the third quarter, Mingo Central was driving once again, but the drive stalled. The Miners were set to punt on fourth and three. Mingo Central didn’t punt, though. The Miners dialed up a double reverse on the fake punt, but the ball came up short giving Bridgeport the ball once again.
Mingo Central’s defense held strong forcing Bridgeport to take punt the ball back to the Miners.
The Miners’ backs broke when they turned the ball over on downs on the Bridgeport side of the field.
The Miners had opportunities, but couldn’t execute as their season came to an end.
Daylin Goad and Drew Hatfield had season’s to remember for the Miners.
Hatfield set school and state records in receiving.
Hatfield will await and see if he is the next Moss Award winner.
Mingo Central finished the season with a 9-3 record.