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Miners, T-Birds set for SW7 title bout

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Linton-Stockton quarterback Austin Karazsia (15) is shown throwing a pass from a game earlier this season. The Miners will try for a Southwest Seven Conference championship when they play North Central Saturday. The game will be part of Championship Saturday and will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
The Southwest Seven Conference championship has come down to two teams and one game.

And to make it just a little more dramatic, that one game will take place on Indiana's grandest stage.

It happens Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when the Linton-Stockton Miners -- ranked No. 1 in Class A by the Indiana Football Coaches Association and No. 2 by the Associated Press -- puts their unbeaten record on the line against the North Central Thunderbirds for all the conference marbles in the home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

"I know they're excited, we're excited its going to be a great place to play," Linton-Stockton (8-0, 5-0) coach Steve Weber said. "It's awesome, I think both teams are fired up and what a place to go to play for a conference championship."

The Thunderbirds enter Saturday's contest with the No. 9 rating by the AP and the No. 11 moniker by the IFCA, but there's a lot more than just those numbers when it comes to state rankings.

"They're very good, we've watched some film on them, they're very good," Weber said of the conference co-leaders. "They're very aggressive defensively, they seem to have some very good team speed and what they do they do well, I'm impressed with them."

If there were a marquee outside Lucas Oil Stadium listing all of the side stories, it would be full.

First there's the matchup of two of the best offenses in the state of Indiana -- which are coincidentally or not -- led by two of the best offensive players in the state.

Linton-Stockton quarterback Austin Karazsia is the top-rated passer in Class A while North Central running back Chase VanSchocyk is the second-rated rusher in the state.

Karazsia has completed 140 of 192 total attempts for 1,861 yards. That total also includes 26 TD's against just six interceptions.

The averages are 9.69 yards per pass with an average of 232.62 yards per game.

Karazsia doesn't do it all by himself, he's had plenty of help to lead the Miner offense to its lofty ranking as the leaders in both offensive average and avenge margin of victory in Class A football.

Linton-Stockton has scored an average of 54 points in their first eight games which ranks them second in the state overall. That in turn has produced an average margin of victory of 47.75 points, also second in the state.

Joining Karazsia in the offensive onslaught over opponents have been several key pieces.

They include Koye Kaiser who has spent a lot of time in the defensive secondary when running the football.

He has 95 carries for 901 yards with 13 TDs.

The senior has also hauled in 17 of Karazsia's passes for 162 yards and two scores.

Zane Hayden is second on the list in rushing with 280 yards and 8 touchdowns in 34 carries.

Six different receivers have double-digit numbers when it comes to catching Karazsia passes -- including three with over 20.

Grant Stamm leads the pack with 42 catches for 735 yards and 10 scores while Dane Rupska has hauled in 22 for 288 yards and Cole Bradbury, who has been out with injury before returning a couple of weeks ago, has snared 21 for 197 yards.

Joining Kaiser with 17 catches is Hayden who has collected 264 yards and five TDs while Beau Eaton has caught 11 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Offensively the North Central Thunderbirds (7-1, 5-0) are no slouches themselves when it comes to the numbers.

They currently are ranked No. 9 in Class A with an offensive average of 35.88 points per outing and they're currently rated No. 8 in average winning margin in class A with a 23.13 difference.

For VanSchoyck the 2012 season has been nothing short of a dream. He recently set the state record with 511 yards on 33 carries in a 67-0 Thunderbird win over Riverton Parke.

After eight games VanSchoyck has rushed for 1,718 yards on 155 total totes.

He's scored 17 touchdowns and averages 214.75 yards per game.

Defensively the two teams are also solid and in the top tier in class A.

The Miners come into the contest ranked No. 1 in class A and third overall with a minuscule 6.25 points allowed while the Thunderbirds enter Saturday's contest giving up just 12.75 points putting them No. 7 in the class A ratings.

Defensively the Miners will have to contend with North Central's Dante Rehmel.

The pesky defender is ranked seventh in the state with an average of 21 tackles for loss per game. He currently has a total of 75 solo and 34 assisted tackles with three sacks.

As far as the numbers go in the series itself, the Miners lead the all-time tally 34-8 -- including the last 18 meetings.

Last year's contest was staged at Farmersburg where the Miners prevailed 56-6.

North Central's last win came in 1991 when they prevailed 14-8.

Saturday's contest is the first of three games being played as a part of Championship Saturday sponsored by Compton Strategies.

The second contest will feature Bluffton (5-3) vs. AP Class 4A No. 8 Leo (6-1) at 4:15 p.m. in an Allen County Athletic Conference matchup.

That will be followed by AP Class No. 11 Sheridan (4-4) vs. No. 10 Tri-Central (8-0) for the Hoosier Heartland Conference title at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $11 and are available in Lou Baker's office until noon on Friday. They will also be available at the Lucas Oil Stadium box office on the day of the game.

Linton-Stockton fans can also ride a fan bus that will leave from behind the high school at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Riders must have a pre-purchased ticket and pay a $5 cover fee that will be refunded when they arrive for the bus.

Elementary or junior high school students must have a parent on the bus.

Bette Meng is the contact person for registration for the fan bus.

Linton-Stockton football series

vs. North Central

Linton-Stockton leads series 34-8

Linton-Stockton has won 18 in a row


1968 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 14, North Central 12

1969 -- NORTH CENTRAL 14, Linton-Stockton 0

1970 -- North Central 20, LINTON-STOCKTON 0

1971 -- NORTH CENTRAL 38, Linton-Stockton 12

1972 -- North Central 12, LINTON-STOCKTON 6

1973 -- NORTH CENTRAL 14, Linton-Stockton 6

1974 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 6, North Central 2

at homecoming in 1974, Dave Pirtle scored on 1-yard run with 1:45 remain for the win

1975 -- Linton-Stockton 18, NORTH CENTRAL 0

1976 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 37, North Central 0

1977 -- NORTH CENTRAL 20, Linton-Stockton 18

1978 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 21, North Central 14

1979 -- Linton-Stockton 26, NORTH CENTRAL 12

1980 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 21, North Central 0

1981 -- Linton-Stockton 12, NORTH CENTRAL 0

1982 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 29, North Central 0

1983 -- Linton-Stockton 21, NORTH CENTRAL 0

1984 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 26, North Central 6

1985 -- NORTH CENTRAL 12, Linton-Stockton 0

1986 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 53, North Central 6

1987 -- Linton-Stockton 42, NORTH CENTRAL 0

1988 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 27, North Central 0

1989 -- Linton-Stockton 48, NORTH CENTRAL 0

1990 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 32, North Central 6

1991 -- NORTH CENTRAL 14, Linton-Stockton 8

1992 -- Linton-Stockton 41, NORTH CENTRAL 8

1993 -- Linton-Stockton 6, NORTH CENTRAL 0

1994 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 14, North Central 0

1995 -- Linton-Stockton 18, NORTH CENTRAL 0

1996 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 15, North Central 0

1997 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 30, North Central 12

1998 -- Linton-Stockton 55, NORTH CENTRAL 19

1999 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 63, North Central 0

1999 -- *Linton-Stockton 38, NORTH CENTRAL 14

2000 -- Linton-Stockton 45, NORTH CENTRAL 0

2004 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 55, North Central 0

2005 -- Linton-Stockton 72, NORTH CENTRAL 17

2006 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 28, North Central 7

2007 -- Linton-Stockton 50, NORTH CENTRAL 20

2008 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 68, North Central 0

2009 -- Linton-Stockton 56, NORTH CENTRAL 12

2010 -- LINTON-STOCKTON 42, North Central 7

2011 -- Linton-Stockton 56, NORTH CENTRAL 6


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