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Miners have record-setting season

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 5:33 PM

It was another record-setting season for the Linton-Stockton football team, with a number of school records being set.

The L-S defense did not allow as few points as the 1923 Miners, who yielded only eight points all season.

But the Miners only gave up 80 points all season. That equates to an average of 5.71 points per game.

They posted seven shutouts on the scoreboard but actually had two more shutouts. Perry Central and North Daviess both scored one fourth quarter touchdown in sectional victories.

Dane Rupska had 121 tackles, including 16 for loss and 1.5 sacks. Cody Van Winkle finished with 105 tackles, including three for loss and one sack.

Koye Kaiser, who rushed for 1,488 yards and 19 TDs this season, and Bradbury each led the defense with seven interceptions. Ethan Lannan had 85 tackles, including 11 for loss.

Kaiser's totals were the third best single-season rushing mark in school history. Matt Gamble (1,764 yards in 1998) and Adam Brewer (1,618 in 2004) are 1-2.

There were many other standouts for the Miner 'D' in 2012.

I would have thought the 80 points would have easily been a modern-day Miner record. But a quick look shows that the 1995 Miner team allowed just 61 points during that season, which included three shutouts. That team went 8-1, with their only loss -- 26-14 - coming in the Class 2A Sectional against Southridge.

The 1996 Miners, which finished 8-2 and also did not win a sectional, had two shutouts and allowed a meager 81 points, 8.1 ppg.

The seven shutouts would likely be a single-season record, with the exception of that 1923 season.

The 2008 Miners, also under the guidance of defensive coordinator Mike Hayden and head coach Steve Weber, posted five shutouts in route to a 13-1 season and a regional championship.

They allowed 126 points, nine points per game.

Cole Bradbury left his name all over the Miner receiving records.

He owns both the single-game record with 11 catches in the 28-0 regional championship victory over West Washington. This was one more than Dess Fougerousse had against Eastern Greene in 2011.

Bradbury set the single-game record for yardage as a junior. In 2011, he had 238 yards in that 81-20 victory over North Daviess.

For his career, Bradbury finished with a school-record 140 receptions and 2,241 yards and 28 TDs. All three of those stats are school records as Jeremy Burress had 22 receiving TDs from 1996-99.

Bradbury, who tied Bryan Slay's previous single-season record with 50 receptions last year, exceeded that mark during an injury-plagued 2012 senior year.

Bradbury still hauled in 54 passes for 689 yards and nine scores.

Grant Stamm, who was hampered by injuries during the postseason, is now the single-season record holder with 67 catches he made this season.

Stamm had 1,086 yards receiving as a junior to go along with 13 touchdowns in '12.

If my numbers are correct, Stamm will enter his senior season with 92 receptions for 1,364 and 16 touchdowns.

Slay finished his two-year career as a receiver with 86 receptions for 1,771 yards and 14 TDs in just two seasons. His single season record of 1,331 yards in 1986 still stands as does his 14 TDs in the same season that the Miners won their first regional some 26 years ago.

Stamm and Miner quarterback Austin Karazsia also set an unofficial school record when the two hooked up for an 85-yard touchdown pass to start the 2012 season against Eastern Greene. A Mark Kaiser to Slay pass went for 78 yards against Springs Valley in the 1986 playoffs.

Karazsia left his name all over the Miner record book. The only passing record he does not own is the 44 attempts in one game by Mike Rose against North Knox in 1969.

He completed 685 of 1,068 passes for 9,253 yards and 111 touchdowns.

He threw 42 TDs this year and a school record 43 last year.

The 6-8 senior had a record 3,473 passing yards in '11 and 3,336 this year.

He completed 251 passes this season, breaking his old record of 244 last year. He threw for 408 yards in a single game last year against North Daviess, the night Bradbury had 238 receiving yards in the 61-point blowout.

Karazsia threw five TD passes three times in his career, including against Perry Central this year, West Vigo in 2011 and North Daviess in 2010.

He shares that Mark with Jarman Lannan, who twice threw for five scores -- in 1987 against North Central and in 1988 against Owen Valley.

Keith Cunningham, in 2008, threw for five TDs, in a win over Wood Memorial.

The 13 wins tied the record for wins in a season, posted by last year's team and the '08 squad as well.

Jake Gennicks, Jeremy Newton, Kaiser were some of the standout quarterbacks who's records have been eclipsed by Karazsia in the Miner record book.

And lets not forget Miner senior kicker Dyllanne Deischer.

Unofficially she finished with 222 career extra points, easily the most in Linton-Stockton football history.

She had 69 this year, two more than her record-setting 2011 season.

I am not sure if she kicked any field goals as a freshman, but she booted seven the past three seasons. If correct, those 21 points would give her 243 career points, placing her behind the 344 scored by Brewer and 264 of Gamble.

Hard to say how many Elmer Oliphant would have scored in his days at Linton.

Those three numbers are all I have for career scoring. Steve Hastings scored 131 points in 1958. He received distinguished player honors on the Associated Press All-State team that season.

Any way you look it at, it was a heck of a season for the Miners, who won the school's 10th sectional and seventh regional title.

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 hargisbj@gmail.com.

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