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Miners win ninth sectional titlePosted Friday, November 4, 2011, at 10:40 PM
ELNORA -- The Linton-Stockton Miners claimed its ninth football sectional in school history after defeating host North Daviess 61-8 here Friday night in the Class A Sectional 40 title game.
"This never gets old," said Linton-Stockton assistant coach Joe Lorig. "This is just a great bunch of kids.
"They are champions and they played like it tonight. I am so proud to be associated with the kids and all the coaches."
Miner assistant coach Mark Gennicks knows how special this one was.
"There are not many sectional championship teams that are 12-0," said Gennicks. "This is special.
"Enjoy this tonight. We don't know who we play in the regional but we will get to work tomorrow."
The Miners, ranked No. 3, defeated the Cougars 81-20 in a Southwest Seven Conference game in September.
"We knew that we were going to have to play a good North Daviess team to come out with a win tonight," said place kicker Dyllanne Deischer, who kicked five extra points despite still not 100 percent after suffering a hamstring injury two week ago against Perry Central. "The team has been playing good all season.
"But I think everybody knew that we could come over here and get the job done tonight. It is great to win a sectional. We are all looking forward to next week."
Miner junior Hayden Flath scored 14 points for the Miners, the first time he has reached the end zone this year.
The 5-10 Flath, who is listed as a 200-pound running back/linebacker, had a 46-yard interception return and a 21-yard fumble return for touchdowns, keying a 34-8 advantage in the second half.
He also had a two-point conversion run in the first half.
"I am excited that the team won the sectional," said Flath. "The team played great.
"The offense and defense really played well. The offensive line did a good job of giving AK (Austin Karazsia) time to throw the ball."
Flath said that he was just running along side a North Daviess running back when he picked off a pass from Cougar quarterback Brandt Lawyer.
He raced down the sidelines all the way to paydirt, with some help from his friends.
"Cole Bradbury, Koye Kaiser and Kent Helton, probably along with everybody else, made some great blocks on the interception return," he said.
He added that there were several Miners around the North Daviess fumble, caused by Dane Rupska.
"Dane made a big hit to jar the ball loose," said Flath. "I just happened to be one of three or four of us that were ready to pounce on the ball.
"I just scooped the ball up and took off."
The Miner defense has allowed just 21 total points and three TDs in the past six wins.
The Linton-Stockton defense allowed just 136 total yards, 115 rushing. They did not score until the Miners had taken a 54-0 lead late in the second half.
Helton had eight tackles, while Kaiser, Rupska and Blake Scharbrough had six.
"It feels amazing," said Scharbrough. "We have a good group of players that play together well on defense.
"We don't really care who gets the credit as long as we do our jobs and get the win."
Gennicks said they have 11 good kids playing defense and several more that contribute off the bench.
"All 11 players are aggressive and disciplined," said Gennicks. "When all 11 of them are playing their positions and doing their jobs, we are pretty solid against the run as well as the pass."
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12.
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