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Players excited about chance to play at Lucas Oil Stadium

Thursday, October 11, 2012

(By BJ. Hargis) Linton-Stockton senior lineman Jackson Bohnert (55) gets a drink during a timeout from a game earlier this season. The Miners will conclude the regular season at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis against North Central. Tickets are $11 and on sale at the high school until noon Friday. [Order this photo]
When the Linton-Stockton High School football teams steps on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Class A No. 1 Miners (Indiana Football Coaches Association poll) will put their undefeated record (8-0) on the line when they face No. 11 North Central (7-1) as part of championship Saturday.

It will be the first time the Miners will have the opportunity to play on Indiana high school football's largest stage, the site of the state finals.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this," said Miner defensive standout Dane Rupska. "The school, the town and everybody is really excited to be a part of this."

Not only will the Miners be trying to keep momentum heading into the playoffs, which start with the first round of the sectional (Oct. 19 at North Knox), they will be gunning for a Southwest Seven Conference championship. Both North Central and Linton-Stockton enter with 5-0 marks in league play.

"It will be really cool to be able to win the conference championship there," said Miner running back Zane Hayden. "It will just add to the atmosphere there.

"The community has really stepped up and gotten involved in Championship Saturday. Not everybody gets a chance like this."

Miner quarterback Austin Karazsia also is looking forward to playing at the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

"We are very excited about this," said the 6-7 senior, who is among the top five quarterbacks in the state of Indiana in passing yards per game. "We feel fortunate to get this last-minute opportunity.

"I think everyone is really looking forward to playing a game at Lucas Oil. It is a great facility and it will be special to be able to play there."

Karazsia also said it will be even more meaningful for the seniors.

"This is still a home game for us," said Karazsia. "It will be great for the seniors to play their final regular-season game in front of our fans up there.

"It should be a very special memory for us."

All of Miner Nation is hopeful that the "Blue and Red" will be making a trip back to Lucas Oil for the state finals on Friday, Nov. 23.

"We know we can do it," said Rupska. "We know we can get it done. We just have to go out and do it.

"Last year we got to play on the turf at the semistate. We get a chance to play on turf Saturday and hopefully a chance to play on turf again at state."

"We just have to take it a week at a time," said Hayden. "But we would all like to be back at Lucas Oil in six weeks."

Karazsia echoed those sentiments.

"We are all hoping in six weeks to be back up there playing for a state championship," said Karazsia.

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