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McDowell looking for first win at LintonPosted Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 8:42 PM
North Knox head football coach Sean McDowell knows his way around the high school gridiron, especially the Southwest Seven Conference.
The Warriors have never won a SW 7 title since the league began play in 2005, but have never finished worse than .500 in the conference.
McDowell will bring his troops to Roy Williams Field Friday night to face the undefeated and defending conference champion Miners. Linton-Stockton is perfect overall (6-0) and in the league (3-0).
They are ranked No. 1 in the Class A Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 10.
North Knox is 3-3 overall and 3-1 in league play, again assured of a .500 mark in the conference. Although a prohibitive underdog, McDowell only has one thought in mind.
"We can still win a conference championship," said McDowell, who is in his eighth season at North Knox, where he has been on the staff since 2000. "But Linton is a great football team.
"They are so well coached and have so many great players, on both sides of the ball. They have been rolling right along since I have been here. We have had some good games against them, beating them at our place a couple of years back. We also played well at Roy Williams for a half a few years ago too."
That 15-7 victory at Bicknell in 2009 is the lone win by the Warriors in the past 17 meetings.
McDowell is 1-8 in his tenure, 0-5 at Roy Williams Field. He still enjoys the competition in Greene County, despite those numbers.
Though I cannot remember the phrase exactly, McDowell was asked by a local radio announcer Saturday at Dugger (after a 25-22 victory over Union) about going to Linton this week, comparing it to the seven tortures of hell.
"You really know how to pour salt in the wound, don't you," said a smiling McDowell, who's Warriors lost at home 57-0 to Linton-Stockton a year ago.
"It is always a great atmosphere at Roy Williams Field. It is a good rivalry game although they have gotten the best of it lately."
McDowell said he expects another large throng in Greene County Friday as the Miners try to celebrate homecoming.
"There is always a big crowd and they are really into the game. It is great to be able to compete against a great team in that environment," said McDowell.
The two teams have met every season since 1983. They did not play in 1980, 1981 or 1982.
Since 1966 when the series started, they also did not meet in 1972 and 1973.
The Miners have a 29-15 edge during that time.
Bicknell, which was part of the consolidation into North Knox, and the Miners started playing on the gridiron in 1917.
They met 40 times before the series ended in 1958, with Linton having a 26-8-6 record over the Bicknell Bulldogs.
Sam Miller rushed for six touchdowns and 233 yards on 22 carries in a 48-12 North Knox win in 1991.
Miner back Kent Helton rushed for 138 yards and Ty Scott rushed for 121 in a 34-14 victory in 2010.
Helton rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns in 42-12 playoff victory on Oct. 29, 2010.
By 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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