RED JACKET, W.Va. — Back in week one of the 2017 high school football season, one of the best games of the year was played.
The Mingo Central Miners went into Point Pleasant and defeated the Big Blacks, 36-34, on a last-second 40-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired from Jeremy Dillon to Dawson Elia in the back of the end zone.
The loss snapped one of the longer winning streaks in the history of prep football in the Mountain State, as the Big Blacks had won 43 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 2012 season.
Fast-forward to the start of the 2018 season and the Big Blacks roll into Miner Mountain at 7 p.m. Friday hoping to snap Mingo Central’s 22-game home win streak that dates back to 2013, when they fell to Wayne, 40-12, at James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium.
Point Pleasant returns one of the top quarterbacks in the state in senior Cason Payne who leads a team that went 9-3 a year ago and fell in the Class AA playoffs to eventual state champion Bluefield.
Payne, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 200 pounds, went toe to toe with 2016 Kennedy Award winner Jeremy Dillon of Mingo Central a year ago. Payane has drawn interest from several colleges. Dillon is playing basketball at Marshall University.