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Freshmen kicker, rainbows and other thoughts from the football sidelinesPosted Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 9:49 PM
The loudest cheering last week during the Eastern Greene at Linton-Stockton football game seemed to be when Dyllanne Deischer came on the field to boot an extra point for the Miners.
She missed her first attempt, but with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter the 5-2, 125-pound freshman cleanly kicked her first career point after touchdown.
It was the first of two she would make. She missed four, although the Linton-Stockton sideline crew blamed one on the line which allowed penetration into the Miner backfield.
Deischer said that she would not be allowed to kick off until she is able to make tackles.
"That is something that will come," she said. "The guys have all been great about the whole situation."
In the mean time, Jeromy Hunt handled that chore last week.
The Miners opened the game with an 11-play drive that covered 53 yards, but the Thunderbirds stopped Linton-Stockton on downs at the Eastern Greene 11.
"I believe that was probably the first time that a Eastern Greene team stopped Linton on the first possession," said EGHS coach Luke Dean. "But we turned right around and gave it back on an interception."
Caleb Stuppy, a 5-11 junior, came up with an interception and broke up another pass in the end zone for the Miners last week. Eastern Greene had a fourth down and goal at the Linton-Stockton 5 when T-Bird quarterback Gunnar Porter tried to connect with Michael Love.
Stuppy's play, with the Miners' leading 19-6 in the second quarter, changed the complexion of the game.
Especially after Linton-Stockton then went 94 yards in nine plays. Quarterback Ty Scott's 5-yard touchdown run put the Miners ahead 26-6. It could have very easily been 19-12. That 13-point swing (six that EG could have scored and the seven the Miners did put on the scoreboard) was huge.
I know it was raining and everybody had their umbrellas up watching the Linton-Stockton band perform at half-time of the Miners' home opener against Eastern Greene Aug. 21, but those who turned around caught a glimpse of the eastern sky saw a beautiful rainbow.
For a time, it was actually a double rainbow.
I don't know if Miners fans remember a few years back when Linton-Stockton played in September at Cascade. It had rained all day but the sun came out about 30 minutes before kickoff.
It resulted in the most beautiful double rainbow known to mankind.
I don't know if any has checked out the high school computer rankings already, but I did just for giggles.
North Daviess, who beat Class A Sectional 40 opponent Tecumseh 36-7 last week, is atop the standings by a large margin (over 16 pointers) over the next ranked team.
Linton-Stockton, Tecumseh, Perry Central and North Knox are bunched together, less than a touchdown separating them.
Union (Dugger), Wood Memorial and Springs Valley round out the rankings in Sectional 40.
These were based upon the Miners taking out Eastern Greene 38-12. Union (Dugger) defeated North Central 12-0. Perry Central shutout Class 3A Corydon Central 14-0. Wood Memorial lost to Princeton 41-14 and North Knox defeated Pike Central 14-6. Valley lost to Brown County 26-19 as well in week one.
Indianapolis Scecina, West Washington, Milan, Eastern Greene, South Decatur, Indianapolis Lutheran, Edinburgh and North Decatur are ranked 1-8 in Class A Sectional 38 after the first week.
So what does all of this mean? It means that teams have eight more games before the sectional begins Friday, Oct. 23 and we won't crown sectional champions until Nov. 6.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12.
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