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Dean earns first victory; Class A Sectional 40 is loadedPosted Thursday, September 25, 2008, at 9:26 PM
Congratulations to Luke Dean, who earned his first varsity coaching victory when his Eastern Greene High School football team defeated Wood Memorial 16-8 Sept. 19 at Oakland City.
The game was not decided until late in the fourth quarter when Jonathan Davis broke free for a 56-yard touchdown run. Davis tacked on the two-point conversion run.
Dean, who teaches science at the junior high, is in his first season as head man at EGHS.
The victory was the fifth in the brief history of the EGHS football program. The Thunderbirds went 0-10 in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and 2-8 in 2005 and 2007.
Just a reminder, kickoff at North Central will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 30 minutes earlier than listed on schedules.
A reporter friend of mine asked me the other day about when the last time a Miner football team had three shutouts in a row, like Linton-Stockton has done the past three weeks.
Thanks to my handy dandy research of a couple of summers ago, the Miners last feat happened back in 1982, during the Charlie Karazsia era.
The Miners defeated Cloverdale 40-0, Union (Dugger) 66-0, Pike Central 44-0 and Indian Creek 58-0 in the final four games of the regular season.
Ironically, the Miners were shutout 40-0 by Southridge the following week in a district playoff game.
The Miners finished 8-3 that season, losing only to Tecumseh 13-6 and Mitchell 19-12.
The Miners have officially won 18 consecutive regular-season games going into Friday night's game at North Daviess. I had the number incorrect earlier.
After losing to West Vigo in 2006, The Miners reeled off four wins to end that season. What threw me in my previous calculations was I forgot the Miners only played eight games in the regular season that year. They did not play North Daviess because of torrential downpour on Friday and did not get the game in the next day and the Indiana High School Athletic Association would not let them play on Monday because of the one game per week rule.
They were 9-0 last year and have started 5-0 this year. So this leads me to believe that four plus nine plus five equals 18.
The Miners also have won 20 consecutive Southwest Seven Conference games going into the North Daviess contest. The Miners conclude the regular season with four conferences games over the final four weeks, including North Knox, Union (Dugger) and North Central.
I must admit I am very curious to see the next couple of weeks in the conference. The Linton-Stockton at North Daviess, North Knox at Union (Dugger), North Knox at Linton-Stockton and Linton-Stockton at Union (Dugger) could prove to be some very interesting games.
I think we will know how good all the conference teams are in about three weeks.
You could just see the excitement last week in the eyes of Linton-Stockton coach Steve Weber. You can tell he is looking forward to the challenge the next couple of weeks will present for his Miners.
While talking with North Daviess coach Scotty Helms earlier this week, he made some comments that I thought were noteworthy.
He said that he believes Linton-Stockton, Union (Dugger), Tecumseh, his Cougars, Tecumseh, Perry Central and West Washington, all member of Class A Sectional 40, are all capable of winning a state championship.
"Union and coach (Todd) Gambill always impresses me," said Helms. "We have been watching their kids since the eighth grade. They are a very talented group of kids. B.J Howard (Union quarterback) has such a big heart. How often do you see a quarterback start at middle linebacker?
"They have some phenomenal players, but their problem is attrition. They have very solid varsity players, but not enough back-ups. As the game goes on, they get worn out. I believe they are more talented than us, but we could go two deep and they don't have the luxury of doing that."
He said that West Washington is the team to watch out for in Sectional 40.
"We scrimmaged them this year," said Helms. "The are a very good football team. They only lost to Perry Central 14-6 a couple of weeks ago.
"They lost to Paoli (36-24), who like Perry Central also is undefeated. They have something like 19 or 20 seniors on their roster."
North Daviess lost to Tecumseh 12-7 in the opening week of the season.
The Cougars outgained the Braves 300-100 in total offense.
"We held them to 14 yards rushing," said Helms. "They hit two big screen passes on us.
"They are another very good football team in Sectional 40, but we feel like we let that game get away."
I doubt that anybody has receiving stats this year like Linton-Stockton running back Mickey Tosti.
He has caught three passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns. That's an average of almost 37 yards per catch.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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