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A few Linton-Stockton football tidbits

Posted Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 6:58 PM

Man, wasn't it weird to watch a football game start, on I should say resume, with an extra point.

Because of the storms that rolled through the area Friday night, there was Saturday afternoon football at Roy Williams Field.

The now No. 2 Linton-Stockton Miners, actually tied for that spot with Lafayette Central Catholic in the Associated Press Class A Top 10 poll, had just scored on a TD pass from Austin Karazsia to Grant Stamm when the lightening halted play against West Vigo with six minutes and 21 seconds left in the second quarter.

What made it even more weird was that Miner career PAT leader Dyllanne Deischer was on the field Friday night when both teams were sent to their respective dressing rooms, but not on Saturday.

Apparently Deischer and her family already had a trip planned so Trent Vowell stepped in and booted 2 of 4 point after kicks Saturday.

You can never have too many kickers, I guess.

If memory serves, Paul Goodman handled all of the kickoff chores for the Miners against the Vikings. Earlier Dane Rupska had that duty and then he was sharing it with Goodman.

Both have gotten a lot of work as the Miner offensive machine continues to churn out TDs and both have been effective.

The last two Miner scoring drives Saturday took just over six minutes and were a combined 182 yards.

The Miners accounted for 38 percent of its 474 yards of total offense on those scoring marches.

Koye Kaiser carried the running load for the Miners, toting the ball 13 times for 133 yards and two scores. He has four consecutive games over 100 yards.

Consecutive games with at least 100 yards on the ground, now that is one record I have no idea about. There were some great seasons by Linton-Stockton running backs Matt Gamble (1,764 yards in 1998 and 1,618 by Adam Brewer in 2004) and others. I have never seen that one kept in the Miner record books.

When our in-house Mr. Fix-It extraordinaire Mike Miller replaces a light bulb in our microfilm machine, maybe I can try to do some research on that one.

Zane Hayden was not much of a factor offensively until very late against the Vikings. He has only rushed for four yards on three carries before carrying the ball five times for 69 yards on a 98-yard Miner drive to end the game. Most thought when he broke loose he would score on a long run, but was knocked out at the West Vigo 8 after a 44-yard run. He got his TD on a 1-yard dash two plays later.

Austin Hale made the most of his four attempts, good for 28 yards and Karazsia continues to make positive yardage on the ground. His only carry was for a net 12 yards. His nifty footwork and eyesight helped him avoid at least two sacks and turn them into positive yardage. One Miner fan on the sideline commented that AK looks so much more confident when running out of the pocket.

But I am sure Miner fans don't want No. 15 to get too comfortable out in the open.

He did throw two picks and three TDs, all to Grant Stamm.

Coach Steve Weber said that AK just got a little impatient on those errant throws, but he will learn from those miscues.

The 1986 and 1987 Miner football teams will be recognized tonight before the Springs Valley at Linton-Stockton football game.

Festivities will begin at 6:40 p.m. Also check out my story about those two teams.

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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