Mingo Central wins first state championship in school's history

Mingo Central players and coaches hoists the AA state championship trophy after defeating Fairmont Senior 32-7 Friday night in Wheeling. (WCHS/WVAH)

Mingo Central won its first state title in school history and sent its head coach out in story book fashion Friday night in Wheeling.

No. 2 Mingo Central (14-0) defeated No. 5 Fairmont Senior 32-7 at Wheeling Island Stadium in the AA championship game to cap off a perfect season. The championship game was the final game Miners head coach Yogi Kinder would be on the sidelines.

Mingo Central outgained the Polar Bears 457-221 and was led by the backfield of Joe Hunt and Jeremy Dillon.

Senior running back Joe Hunt ran for 215 yard and a pair of touchdowns. Junior quarterback Jeremy Dillon passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Dillon also rushed for 64 yards and another touchdown.

It’s the first title in Mingo Central’s six years of existence and Mingo County’s first state title since Gilbert's 1995 championship win against Valley Wetzel.

The win wrapped up a dominant season for Mingo Central. The Miners won their 14 games by an average of 34.7 games. The smallest margin of victory for the Miners was a 41-21 semifinal victory over James Monroe.

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