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Eighty-one is a lot of points, no matter what era

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 4:16 PM

It is almost incomprehensible for any high school team to score 81 points in a high school football game, but the Linton-Stockton Miners did it in a 61-point victory over North Daviess Friday night at Roy Williams Field.

The 101 combined points scored by the Miners and Cougars was a record for any game I ever watched.

I remember Greencastle defeating Sullivan 51-38 in Putnam County in a Class 2A football playoff game in the late 80s. SHS coach Rene Foli called it basketball on grass.

In glancing at statewide scores by The Associated Press Friday night, there was only one other game where the teams combined for 100 or more. Lawrenceburg defeated Batesville 69-68 in overtime. That must have been a hell of a game, too.

The 81 points is a modern day record by a Miner football team. Austin Karazsia tied his own record of five TD passes (he rushed for one for good measure) and broke his own single-game passing mark with 408 yards.

Cole Bradbury set the single-game receiving mark with 238 yards.

Looking at the Miner season-records I have back into the mid-40s, I found six games where the Miners scored at least 70.

Back on Oct. 9, 1998, Linton-Stockton defeated Union 76-12.

The Miners rolled up 522 yards of total offense that night at Dugger.

Tony Moronez booted eight PATs, giving him 35 for a season, eclipsing Jarman Lannan's record of 27. He finished with 55 that year, still the single-season mark, but being challenged this season by Dyllanne Deischer.

Matt Gamble had TD runs of 52 and 63 as he finished with 134 yards on just three carries.

Matt Brown had 149 yards rushing and scoring runs of 59, 3 and 64. The Miners had 392 yards rushing.

Andy Bright had a 77 yard kickoff return and quarterback Jake Gennicks threw for 130 yards and three scores as he completed 7 of 11 tosses for coach Rick Wellington's squad.

That 1998 squad that was sectional and regional champs owns the single-season scoring record with 523 points as they posted a 12-2 mark, 37.4 points per game.

Six years later almost to the day, the Miners took out the Bulldogs 71-18.

In October 2005, North Central fell victim to the Miners 72-17.

Earlier that season, LSHS defeated North Daviess 75-0 in the most lopsided win in the series.

Five seasons ago, the Miners rolled past North Knox 70-13.

Back on Oct. 14, 1988, the Miners defeated Owen Valley 74-14. Jarman Lannan completed 9 of 17 passes for 255 yards and five touchdowns. Unofficially, Lannan was the first Miner to throw for five TDs when he completed 5 of 5 passes (all scores) against North Central in 1987.

In my haste Friday night to put the sports section to bed, I actually overlooked the all-time single-game scoring record by the Miners.

I thought it was back in 1909 when the Miners defeated Sullivan 125-0.

But Linton rolled up 132 points on Shelburn in 1925. The Miners finished that season with an 8-0-1 record.

The victory over Shelburn in the second game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 10 was never a contest.

The Miner defense intercepted 14 passes in that game. I can safely say is probably the record. In fact, some teams are lucky to have that many picks in a season.

Shaw (no first name listed as was often the case in the earlier days of newspapers) returned an interception 80 yards for a TD, which might be a record as well.

A guy named Williams scored 10 extra points in that game, including seven in the fourth quarter and three in the second quarter.

McClung, Kinney (two) and Cruse scored the four touchdowns in the first quarter. Cruse scored the extra point.

Some 86 years ago, Linton led Shelburn 25-0 after the first quarter, 64-0 at the half and 84-0 after three quarters.

After only scoring 20 points with the third-stringers in the third quarter, coach Gerald "Two-Penny" Landis put his starters back in the game in the final quarter.

His troops exploded for 48 points to close out the biggest blowout in Miner history.

Someone had asked if the 41-point first quarter at Wood Memorial a couple of weeks ago was a record. It might be a record for a first quarter, but not for any quarter.

That 1925 squad was the first Miner team to win at least eight games and not lose a game during the regular season.

Landis' 1933 Miner team posted a perfect 9-0 record in 1933. His four-year record of 32-3-1 from 1931 to 1934 produced a winning percentage of .914, likely the best four-year winning percentage in Linton history.

Steve Weber's teams went 42-5 (.894) from 2005-08 and 39-7 (.847) from 2003-06.

Charlie Karazsia's teams in 1986 to 1989 had a 36-6 record, a winning percentage of .857.

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

Linton-Stockton football records


Team Scoring

Most Points scored in a season

523, 1998

Most Points scored in a game

132 vs. Shelburn (132-0), Oct. 10, 1925.

125 vs. Sullivan (125-0), 1909.

81 vs. North Daviess (81-20), Sept. 23, 2011

76 at Union (76-12), Oct. 9, 1998.

75 vs. North Daviess (75-0), Sept. 23, 2005

74 vs Owen Valley, (74-14), Oct. 14, 1988

72 at North Central (72-17), Oct. 14, 2005

71 at Union (71-18), Oct. 8, 2004

70 North Knox (70-13), Sept. 29, 2006

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