CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo Central coach Yogi Kinder knew he was lucky to get out of Falling Rock with a victory Friday night.
After scoring 28 points in the opening half, the Miners only managed eight points the rest of the way in holding off Herbert Hoover for a 36-28 victory. A crowd of about 600 attended the Class AA Cardinal Conference matchup on senior night at Joe Eddie Cowley Field at Herbert Hoover High School.
"A wild one,'' said Kinder. "A tough game. Our kids played hard. We've got all these young guys. These guys have made a big turnaround. It's the first time we've won seven games.''
As usual, the Huskies were in the game to the bitter end, turning the ball over on downs when junior quarterback Tyler Americo's pass went off the fingertips of sophomore wide receiver Triston Hager well downfield on fourth-and-6 from the 50-yard line.
Hoover junior running back Shaun Dotson, who picked up 142 yards on 14 carries with a 50-yard scoring run, injured his left ankle and wasn't on the field for the final drive.
The Huskies lost to Chapmanville by six points, fell to Tolsia by four points and lost last week to Roane County by 10 points.
"I told those seniors they've done everything that we've asked them to do,'' said Hoover coach Tim Meyer. "Their effort out here tonight and the whole team was great. I'm hoping so [that it's a turning point]. We're falling short. It's tough.''
Mingo Central (7-2), which was ninth in this week's state ratings, took advantage of two turnovers, turning them into two touchdowns in the opening half.
Hoover (2-7) scored on its first possession of the second half on Americo's 1-yard sneak to cut the deficit to 28-21 with 7:53 left the in third quarter. The Huskies ran on all nine plays, highlighted by junior fullback Colton Thomas' 20-yard scamper.