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Records are meant to be clarifiedPosted Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 11:24 PM
It is funny when a player has an outstanding individual performance; everyone starts thinking about if it was a record. They start racking their brains to remember who, how much and when, especially when it concerns Linton-Stockton football.
It was the same last year when senior Evan Magni set the single-game rushing record (322 yards) for the Miners against Tecumseh in the playoffs.
This year it is Austin Karazsia and the single-game passing records.
Officially, Karazsia completed 27 of 42 passes for 353 yards and five touchdowns in a 73-33 loss at North Daviess Sept. 24.
Rumors started circulating about whether all of his numbers were records or not.
After spending a little time going through the Linton-Stockton football records, consulting with the author of the original record book and current Miner athletic director Charlie Karazsia (Austin's father), and going through the archives of the Linton Daily Citizen, the precursor to the Greene County Daily World, I think I have found some answers to satisfying my own need to know.
The 353 yards is indeed the most ever thrown for by a Miner quarterback.
The previous mark was owned by Jake Gennicks.
On Sept. 11, 1998, Gennicks completed 11 of 22 passes for 331 yards. He tossed three touchdowns and had one interception in a 24-21 victory over Southmont at Roy Williams Field.
More importantly, his 4-yard TD pass to Jeff Wellington came in the final four seconds to give the Miners a victory, part of a 12-2 season that culminated with a sectional and regional championship.
Spank Simmons caught three passes for 104 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown. Andy Bright hauled in a 69-yard scoring pass as well.
Gennicks' 331 yards would be the record for a Miner QB at Roy Williams Field.
Karazsia, who coached the Miners for 12 seasons and is third on the all-time wins list at Linton-Stockton, thought that Mark Kaiser, who owned all of the passing record before Gennicks, had thrown for 318 in a playoff victory over Tecumseh.
But as it turned out Kaiser, who still owns the single-season record of 2,083 yards in 1986, was just short of 300.
In an article that appeared in November 1988 in the Linton Daily Citizen, sports editor Chris Pruett wrote that Kaiser's 1986 record of 279 yards was broken by Jarman Lannan.
Lannan completed 11 of 18 passes for 310 yards, which would be third on the all-time list for a game, in a 41-14 playoff win over the same Tecumseh Braves.
He tossed three TDs, two to Chad House and another to Derek Bradbury.
We will talk more about Lannan later as his name also is part of a couple of other passing records.
Kaiser set his single-game mark in a 31-27 victory over the Braves in the '86 Class A sectional championship game.
He completed 16 of 29 passes for 279 yards. The completions also were a record at the time.
Brian Slay set the Miner single-game receiving mark for yards and catches in that game, hauling in nine passes for 218 yards. Slay's 1,331 receiving yards that season is still listed among the best in Indiana history. He caught a record 50 passes of his career leading total of 86 in 1986.
Jeremy Newton completed 17 passes against Tecumseh, notice a theme here, on Aug. 18, 2000, breaking the mark of 16 by Kaiser. The Miners beat the Braves 33-27 to begin that season at home.
Newton completed 114 of 243 passes for 1,747 yards in 2000. The single-season total is fourth-most in Miner history. The attempts and completions are current records, but Karazsia is closing fast on the single-season mark for attempts and completions.
The 6-5 sophomore is 100 of 173 for 1,417 yards with 14 TDs and eight interceptions.
His 27 completions are easily the most in a game by a Miner.
Gennicks still owns the mark of 24 TDs thrown in a season (1999). He also tossed 20 touchdowns in 1998 and leads with 61 touchdown passes in his career.
But Mike Rose still owns the distinction of having attempted the most passes in a single game.
Rose was 14 of 44 in a 54-14 loss to North Knox in 1969. Rose threw for 210 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown to Jim Ball.
Karazsia's five scores against North Daviess indeed tied a record.
The most recent mark of five TD passes in a game came on Sept. 5, 2008 when senior Keith Cunningham, who is now playing baseball and football at Franklin College, completed 10 of 16 for 205 yards and two interceptions.
Jordan Tharp had three catches for 116 yards, all TDs. Mickey Tosti and Cameron Coleman each caught a touchdown throw from Cunningham in a 42-0 victory at home over Wood Memorial.
Lannan tossed five touchdowns in a game, twice.
His most impressive effort came in September 1987 against North Central. He completed 5 of 5 passes for 115 yards, all TDs.
The Miners won 42-0, part of an undefeated regular season. Todd Herman and Chad House each caught two TD passes and Rob Sullivan had the other.
Another ironic stat from that game, the Miners only had 256 total yards, but limited North Central to zero yards.
In a 74-14 rout of Owen Valley to end the 1988 regular season on Oct. 14, Lannan completed 9 of 17 passes for 255 yards and five touchdowns. The 255 yards would likely be the fifth-best single-game mark in Miner history.
House hauled in four passes for 142 yards and two scores, including a 66-yarder. Derek Bradbury also caught two scoring passes as well as returning an interception for a touchdown.
Todd Herman was on the end of the other scoring pass.
Mike Turchi booted eight extra points against OV. Cliff Bowers kicked nine PATs against North Central in 2005. Elmer Oliphant had 20 extra points and eight touchdowns in a 125-0 victory over Sullivan in 1909.
Kaiser completed 10 of 12 throws for 215 yards and a personal-best four touchdowns in a 53-6 victory over North Central Sept. 5, 1986. Slay caught five passes for 153 yards and three scores in that game.
I could go on about Slay, but this was supposed to be about passing records. I will save that for another day.
One note of encouragement for Miner fans that are down after the loss at North Daviess, be thankful you weren't rooting for the Blue and Red in 1969 or 1970. The Miners went 0-10 each of those seasons. The 1970 team only scored six points all season and was shutout nine times.
The 1969 squad did manage to score 59 points that year.
Miner football records
Touchdowns in a game
5 -- Austin Karazsia vs. North Daviess, Sept. 24, 2010.
5 -- Keith Cunningham vs. Wood Memorial, Sept. 5, 2008.
5 -- Jarman Lannan vs. Owen Valley, Oct. 14, 1988.
5 -- Jarman Lannan vs. North Central, Sept. 4, 1987.
4 -- Mark Kaiser vs. North Central, Sept. 5, 1986.
Yards in a game
353 -- Austin Karazsia vs. North Daviess, Sept. 24, 2010.
331 -- Jake Gennicks vs. Southmont, Sept. 11, 1998
310 -- Jarman Lannan vs. Tecumseh, Oct. 28, 1988.
279 -- Mark Kaiser vs. Tecumeh, Nov. 7, 1986.
255 -- Jarman Lannan vs. Owen Valley, Oct. 14, 1988.
Attempts in a game
44 -- Mike Rose vs. North Knox, 1969
42 -- Austin Karazsia vs. North Daviess, Sept. 24, 2010.
Completions in a game
27 -- Austin Karazsia vs. North Daviess, Sept. 24, 2010
17 -- Jeremy Newton vs. Tecumseh, Aug. 18, 2000.
16 -- Mark Kaiser vs. Tecumseh, Nov. 7, 1986
B.J. Hargis is sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 847-4487.
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