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Miners, Bulldogs set to tee it up

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Linton-Stockton's Dane Rupska (44) drags a North Knox tackler into the end zone during last week's 64-0 victory over the Warriors. The Miners will play another Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference game at Dugger Friday against Union. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
There's likely not very many people outside those who took part in the game, that remember the last time the Union Bulldogs knocked off the Linton-Stockton Miners on the football field.

And there's no player on either roster that was even around when the Bulldogs pulled off an 18-6 win at Bulldog Field in 1973.

That means for the last 37 meetings -- including a 77-0 shutout last year at Roy Williams Field -- Class A No. 1 in the coaches' poll and No. 2 in the Associated Press Poll Linton-Stockton (7-0, 4-0) has dominated the matchup.

And, on paper at least, this year's game appears to be no different.

With an offense still looking for consistency, host Union enters the game with a 2-5 overall and 0-4 Southwest Seven Conference record.

They've found some success, mostly in short stints, that has left them looking at the wrong side of the score.

Their last outing was a disappointing 67-20 loss at Eastern Greene while the Miners rolled past North Knox 64-0.

When you take into account the lack of consistent offensive production combined with what Miner head coach Steve Weber has previously referred as "a defensive unit that might be better than last year" it could lend credence to the general belief the Bulldogs will have to play their best game of the year.

"You just have to try and get better, they're going to throw the ball around I'm sure and obviously we have an improvement or two there we need to make," Union coach Todd Gambill said. "Hopefully we go out and give a better effort in the first half, we'll try to compete as hard as we can."

He was referring to the slow start his team has come to be known for in their losses this year. Last week they were able to cut the margin to 7-6 on Eastern Greene before the Thunderbirds opened things up midway through the first quarter and continued to do so until halftime.

But that's just one symptom the black and gold will have to try to overcome this week.

Union comes into Friday's contest at Dugger scoring at a mild 22.3 points per game clip while the Miners have allowed a class A leading (fourth overall) 7.1 points per game.

The apparent uphill nature of the game for the Bulldogs continues to climb when you consider the Miners are scoring at a 51.6 points per game clip (third in class A, sixth overall) while the Union defense is allowing 40.6 points a game.

"We played more consistently," Weber said after the victory over North Knox next week. "That is something that we will need to continue to do on both sides of the ball."

Weber, who doesn't like to admit to the press, or anyone else, that his team could be in for another lopsided night, says right now the Miner coaching staff is focusing on keeping the team on track for more than just this Friday night.

"We have to stay focused as we wind down our conference schedule and get ready for the tournament," he said. "Our defense is playing pretty well. We are getting contributions from a lot of different players, on both sides of the ball."

The season hasn't gone by without Gambill being able to at least make an observation when it comes to what, among many things, might be giving him cause for concern.

When asked last week about his team's history of being able to be competitive with the Miners early in games previously Gambill offered this evaluation.

"We have at times, but we've had kids that probably physically wanted to play harder than we are right now," he noted. "Until we decide we want to play hard, it won't matter who we play whether its Linton or whoever else is on our schedule."

Offensively both teams are led by quarterbacks with a lot of talent.

Union's best all-around player is their quarterback Sterling Langley.

As Langley goes, so goes the Bulldogs.

In the team's loss to Eastern Greene last week, Langley threw the football for 120 yards on 9 if 18 completions.

He ran the football, mostly in self defense of the Thunderbird defense, for four yards.

He did get help from Mike Foglesong who ran the football for 134 yards.

Meanwhile it's the usual suspects for the Miners doing the damage.

Led by quarterback Austin Karazsia and running back Koye Kaiser, Linton-Stockton once again put a lot of points on the scoreboard and a lot numbers on the stat sheets.

Karazsia was 24 for 33 for 242 yards through the air while Kaiser ran for only 91 yards. In his defense he was only in the game for about half of the night and he did cross the goal line one time.

That's mostly because Karaszia made the rout an air show. He connected with three different pass catchers for four scores.

The defense, Austin Hale and Dane Rupska (on the ground, along with Kaiser) and kicker Dyllanne Deischer accounted for the rest of the points against the Warriors.

Things are set to get underway at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Field.

Linton-Stockton football series

vs. Union (Dugger)

Since 1947

Linton leads series 49-7-2

Linton-Stockton has won 37 straight


1948 -- Union (Dugger) 21, LINTON-STOCKTON 0

1949 -- Union (Dugger) 32, LINTON-STOCKTON 0

1950 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 35, Union (Dugger) 25

1951 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 45, Union (Dugger) 7

1952 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 7, Union (Dugger) 6

1953 -- Union (Dugger) 20, LINTON-STOCKTON 7

1954 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 13, Union (Dugger) 6

1955 -- Union (Dugger) 13, LINTON-STOCKTON 12

1956 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 20, Union (Dugger) 13

1957 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 28, Union (Dugger) 14

1958 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 27, Union (Dugger) 6

1959 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 46, Union (Dugger) 0

1960 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 35, Union (Dugger) 0

1961 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 43, Union (Dugger) 0

1967 -- Linton-Stockton 33, UNION (DUGGER) 0

1968 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 12, Union (Dugger) 12, Tie

1969 -- UNION (DUGGER) 32, Linton-Stockton 6

1970 -- Union (Dugger) 16, LINTON-STOCKTON 0

1971 -- Linton-Stockton 8, UNION (DUGGER) 8, Tie

1972 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 8, Union (Dugger) 6

1973 -- UNION (DUGGER) 18, Linton-Stockton 6

in 1973,

Benji Boyd scored on 1 yd run to cap 11 play, 59 yard drive to open the game

Boyd threw TD pass to Danny Leigh

Boyd to Leight on 50 yd td pass

Bob Koonce scored 1 yd run for linton td

1974 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 25, Union (Dugger) 0

1975 -- Linton-Stockton 14, UNION (DUGGER) 0

1976 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 37, Union (Dugger) 0


1977 -- Linton-Stockton 14, UNION (DUGGER) 0

1978 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 41, Union (Dugger) 0

1979 -- Linton-Stockton 48, UNION (DUGGER) 0

1980 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 32, Union (Dugger) 14

1981 -- Linton-Stockton 49, UNION (DUGGER) 0

1982 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 66, Union (Dugger) 0

1983 -- Linton-Stockton 15, UNION (DUGGER) 14

1984 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 27, Union (Dugger) 8

1985 -- Linton-Stockton 26, UNION (DUGGER) 0

1986 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 27, Union (Dugger) 0

1987 -- Linton-Stockton 40, UNION (DUGGER) 7

1988 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 30, Union (Dugger) 6

1989 -- Linton-Stockton 39, UNION (DUGGER) 6

1990 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 13, Union (Dugger) 12

1991 -- Linton-Stockton 21, UNION (DUGGER) 6

1992 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 55, Union (Dugger) 14

1993 -- Linton-Stockton 37, UNION (DUGGER) 3

1994 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 6, Union (Dugger) 0

1995 -- Linton-Stockton 26, UNION (DUGGER) 13

1998 -- Linton-Stockton 76, UNION (DUGGER) 12

1999 -- Linton-Stockton 53, UNION (DUGGER) 12

2000 -- Linton-Stockton 54, UNION (DUGGER) 26

2001 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 29, Union (Dugger) 16

2001 -- *Linton-Stockton 53, UNION (DUGGER) 22

2002 -- Linton-Stockton 35, UNION (DUGGER) 15

2003 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 56, Union (Dugger) 14

2004 -- Linton-Stockton 71, UNION (DUGGER) 18

2005 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 41, Union (Dugger) 13

2006 -- Linton-Stockton 34, UNION (DUGGER) 6

2007 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 41, Union (Dugger) 6

2008 -- Linton-Stockton 41, UNION (DUGGER) 0

2009 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 56, Union (Dugger) 6

2010 -- Linton-Stockton 56, UNION (DUGGER) 8

2011 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 77, Union 0


1999 game was played at Dugger, but it was Linton's home game.

Back in 1983, L-S got by the Bulldogs 15-14.

Union (Dugger) had won three of five games before the current losing streak to Linton began back in 1974.

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I cannot believe how rudely this article was written. It makes it sound like there is no reason for the Dugger kids to even show up Friday because they will never beat Linton. The kids from Dugger have just as much of a chance of winning as what Linton does....that's why it's a competition and the win is not just given to one team. Granted, Linton has an excellent football team, but so does Dugger. The kids can't help that they attend a small school or that they don't have thirty people on their team like Linton, but that doesn't give ANYONE the right to destroy their spirit. This type of article really makes me reconsider renewing my subscription.

-- Posted by LintonMom0002 on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 8:37 PM

there is a hog roast before the game $8.00 adults and $6.00 for children through 6th grade ! the freshman class is holding this to raise money for prom!

-- Posted by froggirl on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 10:01 AM

Got to hand it to the Bulldogs, they gave it their best. Hey, it was a close game at the opening kickoff anyway. ;)

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Sat, Oct 6, 2012, at 1:28 AM

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