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November 21, 2013

Miners’ Pingleton earns his spot

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HARTSHORNE —

Primarily a wide receiver last year, Pingleton said he didn’t get that same feeling.

“I really like being back there the whole time, instead of switching from receiver to quarterback all the time,” Pingleton said. “It seems like you’re still in the game, but when you’re all the way out there (at receiver), it’s a lot different from being right there in the middle of everything, calling the plays.”

Pingleton has risen to the challenges of his position this season, throwing multiple touchdown passes this year and helping the Miners win their first playoff game since 2010. The Miners’ only loss to a 2A opponent came against Vian on Nov. 1.

Despite the loss, that game still ranks among Pingleton’s favorites as a Miner. And should Hartshorne and Vian meet in the state championship, Pingleton said this time the Miners will come out on top.

“You always think you can go all the way,” Pingleton said. “I believe we can if our defense can keep doing what they’re doing, I keep throwing like I’m throwing and we keep running like we’re running.”

Williams said Pingleton was one of the players with 100 percent attendance during the Miner Pride summer workouts, and it was clear even then how much effort Pingleton put into keeping his 6-foot-2, 215-pound body in shape. Pingleton also did powerlifting during the 2012-13 winter, finishing runner-up in the 198-pound class at Regionals, qualifying for State and placing fifth.

Pingleton said he’s trying to earn a football scholarship next year. He’s attended camps at Oklahoma Baptist University, Northeastern State University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and he’s in the process of getting registered on the National Collegiate Scouting Association website.

“He definitely could go somewhere and keep developing,” Williams said. “He’s shown signs of being special. I absolutely think he’s got that opportunity.”

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