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Miners spreading around the wealth

Posted Thursday, September 2, 2010, at 10:35 PM

Miners spreading around the wealth

The most impressive part of the 2-0 start by the Linton-Stockton football team has been their ability to get contributions to a lot of different players and balance between the running game and passing game.

Austin Karazsia, who has shown remarkable improvement from his freshman to sophomore season, has completed 16 passes in both wins and has thrown for over 200 yards in each game. He is completing over 60 percent of his throws (32 of 53).

Probably even more impressive is that nine different players have hauled in at least one pass.

Ty Scott (eight), Caleb Stuppy (five), Cole Bradbury (four), Nick Sparks (four), Kent Helton (four) and Dess Fougerousse (three) have been his primary targets. Though Karazsia has thrown just one interception compared to five TDs, he has fumbled twice, both which led directly to opponents scores.

The running game has accounted for over six yards per attempt and just short of 250 yards per game.

Of the Miners' 14 touchdowns, nine have come via the running game, which is benefiting from the passing game.

"We don't have the big running backs like we've had in the past," said Linton-Stockton coach Steve Weber. "But we do have several kids that are pretty quick and we have been able to get them the ball via the run or the pass."

It has been running back by committee, as Helton has rushed 29 times for 189 yards and two scores. Scott also has averaged six yards per attempt and has 102 yards and two TDs.

Those individual total numbers are not exactly impressive -- although six yards-plus per attempt for Helton and Scott and the team -- are. Even the great Jim Brown only average 5.2 for the Cleveland Browns, the most impressive stat of all the numbers the Hall of Fame back registered.

To show how even the Miners' offense has been, they have 23 first downs by rushing, 21 by passing and two by penalty.

Thanks to stat man Darren Clayton, here are some interesting other numbers put up by the Miners, Koye Kaiser is averaging 19 yards on four kickoff returns.

He has three punt returns for 42 yards, including a 28-yarder to set up a key Miner touchdown when they were leading just 28-21 in the third quarter at Sullivan.

Kaiser and Stuppy each have two interceptions, Helton and Reid Firestone each have one. Helton's 55 yarder went for a touchdown at Eastern Greene.

Nick Sparks and Stuppy both have recovered one fumble.

Defensively, Jeromy Hunt has 14 total tackles, four for loss and one sack. Sophomore Ethan Lannan has been credited with 12 tackles and one for loss. Helton has eight tackles, with all but two coming for loss.

As far as team stats go, the Miners have tripled the amount for first downs (46-15) compared to their opponents.

While rushing for 6.2 yards per attempt, opponents have rushed 63 times for 73 yards (1.2 per carry).

In the air, opponents have completed just 37 percent of passes for 286 yards. But Linton-Stockton has picked off six enemy passes.

The Miners have lost three fumbles, compared to two for the opposition. They have a plus-3 (7-4) in the takeaway category.

The Miners have been whistled 15 times for 104 yards in penalties. The opponents have 10 for 97.

By quarters, Linton-Stockton has scored 18, 37, 23 and 27. They gave up seven points in the first quarter at Eastern Greene and 21 in the second quarter at Sullivan, for a grand total of 28 points.

What does all of this mean? It means the Miners have been impressive in starting No. 2 in the coach's poll and No. 3 in the Class A poll by Associated Press.

Stay tuned for further details.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at hargisbj@gmail.com.

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The great thing about this team is that it is very young and has a long way to go to reach its potential. If the guys want to work hard to improve, I can see this group of Miners becoming one of the best Linton teams of all time by next season.

-- Posted by lintonian31 on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 10:51 AM

I hope they can beat ND in Sectionals like the Fantastic, unforgettable, great team of last year did!!!

Go Miners!!

-- Posted by redbird08 on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 8:52 AM

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