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Miners roll to Southwest Seven title

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cole Bradbury watches the ball fall into his hands Saturday against North Central in Lucas Oil Stadium.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Linton-Stockton Miners left little doubt about who is the top dog in the Southwest Seven Conference for 2012.

Powered by an offensive attack that racked up 583 total yards and a defense that was even more stingy. allowing North Central just 110 total yards, the Miners celebrated their second consecutive unbeaten regular season with a 68-0 trouncing of the Thunderbirds at Lucas Oil Stadium here Saturday afternoon.

"Awesome game, just awesome," Miner (9-0, 6-0) coach Steve Weber said. "The kids played awesome offensively, defensively, we just couldn't have played any better."

Taylor Kanen blocks for quarterback Austin Karazsia.
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The Miners hit on every cylinder possible as they rattled off at least two touchdowns in every quarter.

It all began with a 19-yard scoring strike from Austin Karazsia to Grant Stamm with just over two minutes gone on the clock -- it ended with a final 66 yard run by Austin Hale with 89 seconds remaining.

"I don't want to sound arrogant, but if we operate well we should be able to do what we do," Weber said reflecting on the lopsided score. "I'm not really surprised our defense played that well, I am surprised at the outcome."

Koye Kaiser looks for some running room.
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In between, the Miners put on an offensive and defensive performance that left little doubt about their No. 1 ranking in the Indiana Football Coaches Association poll and their No. 2 spot in the Associated Press rankings.

Karazsia found the North Central defense to a target rich environment as the state's leader in passing yards per game chewed up another 278 yards on 19 of 24 passing. His only blemish came on an interception in the first quarter.

"AK was able to do what he wanted to do," Weber said. "I counted four or five seconds before he had to throw."

Quarterback Austin Karazsia and running back Abram Neff look over the defense.
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It proved to only be a hurdle for Karazsia, who was otherwise nearly unstoppable against a North Central defense that spent as much time in front of their own goal line as the T-Bird offense spent in their own end of the field.

North Central never moved the football any closer than the Miner 39-yard line, where they fumbled the ball back to Linton-Stockton.

"Without a doubt this was the best defensive effort of the year," Weber said. "There's no doubt they played incredible, the defensive MVP award went to our defense."

Abram Neff tries to get an extra yard against North Central on Saturday.
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The Miner defense was able to shutdown workhorse North Central running back Chase VanSchoyck. The state record holder with a 511-yard showcase against Riverton Parke earlier in the year was limited to a measly 44 yards on 13 carries.

His ineffectiveness forced North Central to try to rely on Justin Burris, but he was limited to an even more dismal 33 yards on 12 totes.

"They have a nice back and their scheme is tough," Weber said. "If you do the wrong thing they make you pay for it. Our defense was great, I can't say enough about it."

Dane Rupska makes a great catch against North Central.
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The game also produced some history for the Linton-Stockton program. The first came when senior placekicker Dyllanne Deischer became just the second female football player to take the field and participate in a game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The first was Speedway kicker Melanie McHenry during a similar event on Aug. 25.

"I'm super excited, it's crazy it really is," Deischer said. "It's hard to put into words about coming here and having the atmosphere and all the people.

Linton-Stockton High School's cheerleaders.
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"Scoring the points is really great, but we got a big win and that was really great."

The game also marked the highest offensive output by any team that has played in the venue. That includes all levels -- high school, college and yes the permanent residents, the Indianapolis Colts.

"This was really fun, we're going to remember this for a really long time," Karazsia said. "We came out and did what we had to do early and we succeeded."

Cody VanWinkle prepares to make a tackle as teammate Dane Rupska looks on.
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Speaking of the Linton-Stockton offense, a total of 10 different players put points on the scoreboard. That includes Desicher's six extra points, fellow kickers Pierce Jackson and Trent Vowell's PATs and touchdowns scored by seven different players.

Stamm, who hauled in a game-high five passes from Karazsia for 114 yards scored on both sides of the football and in three different ways.

He caught a 27-yarder from Karazsia in the first quarter, ran the ball into the end zone from 2 yards out in the second.

Linton-Stockton Coach Steve Weber.
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"Bradbury was just unbelievable," Weber said of the senior who also intercepted two North Central passes. "He lost those games mid-season due to the injury so many people lose sight of him.

"But this is his last year and he's a great defensive back."

Multiple scores weren't just limited to Bradbury as Stamm tallied three himself.

The No. 1-ranked Miners celebrate their Southwest Seven title.
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Stamm did the most damage hauling in the opening score ahead of a 50-yard TD catch in the second quarter. He topped off his scoring show with a 30-yard interception return of a Dillon Bailey pass for his third tally of the day.

Koye Kaiser, Zane Hayden, Beau Eaton and Austin Hale each added TDs.

"It felt pretty good," Eaton said about his score. "I felt bad because it was my choice whether or not I gave it to Austin Hale and I picked me because it was there. But Hale eventually got one, so I didn't feel that bad. I give a lot of credit to him and I want to thank the coaches for letting me play and the other jv guys, it was really great."

The Miners will now set their sights on the first step of making a return visit to Lucas Oil Stadium the day after Thanksgiving to play for a Class A state championship when they travel to North Knox for a 7 p.m. sectional opener next Friday night at Bicknell.


North Central 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Linton-Stockton 14 20 20 14 -- 68

First Quarter

L -- Grant Stamm 19 pass from Austin Karazsia (Dyllanne Deischer kick), 9:49.

L -- Cole Bradbury 27 pass from Karazsia (Deischer kick), 6:39.

Second Quarter

L -- Bradbury 2 run (Deischer kick), 6:31.

L -- Koye Kaiser 4 run (Deischer kick), 2:29.

L -- Stamm 50 pass from Karazsia (kick failed), :19.

Third Quarter

L -- Abram Neff 5 run (Deischer kick), 6:13.

L -- Zane Hayden 20 run (Deischer kick), 2:09.

L -- Stamm 30 Interception return (kick failed), 1:15.

Fourth Quarter

L -- Beau Eaton 9 run (Pierce Jackson kick), 3:49.

L -- Austin Hale 66 run (Trent Vowell kick), 1:29.


First downs 4 19

Rushes-yards 37-89 40-305

Passing yards 21 278

Total yards 110 583

C-A-I 2-20-2 19-24-1

Punts-average 5-28 0-0

Fumbles-lost 6-2 0-0

Penalties-yards 6-50 4-30

Return yards 162 91

Time of possession 32:29 15:31


RUSHING -- North Central, Chase VanSchoyck 13-44, Justin Burris 12-33, Dillon Bailey 5-5, Dillon Howard 1-4, Justin Flesher 1-4, Cale Adams 3-3, Trey Thompson 1-(minus 4). Linton-Stockton, Hale 5-92, Kaiser 14-66, Hayden 7-37, Stamm 1-32, Pierce Jackson 2-29, Eaton 5-26, Neff 5-21, Bradbury 1-2.

PASSING -- North Central, Bailey 2-8-2-21, VanSchoyck 0-1-0-0, Howard 0-1-0-0. Linton-Stockton, Karazsia 19-24-1-278.

RECEIVING -- North Central, Dante Rehmel 1-12, VanSchoyck 1-9. Linton-Stockton, Stamm 5-114, Kaiser 7-49, Dane Rupska 2-40, Bradbury 2-33, Hayden 2-33, Neff 1-9.

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I found this on Gridiron Digest and thought it should be shared.

"We would be remiss if we didn't mention one person that hasn't been talked about on this thread, and that is none other than Mr. Charlie Karazsia. For those who don't know, he is the A.D. at Linton High School and is responsible for the Miner's visit to Lucas Oil yesterday. I saw him walking up the steps from the field just after his son (A.K.) had been recognized for senior "night" at halftime. He glanced up and he noticed me standing in the row I was sitting in. His face spread into the BIGGEST smile. He had the look of a brand new father. I told him how happy I was for him and the Miners. He asked how the family was. I mention that because I've never met a more humble man in his position. He'd rather talk about other things than the part he has played in Miner football history. He seems to know everyone and knows their names and no matter what is going on, he ALWAYS has time to chat. I felt genuinely happy for him personally and if he reads this forum, I hope he will accept this fan's (public) thanks for a special day and a special memory.


-- Posted by Fan of FB on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 12:40 PM

Great job Miners! We are all so proud of you!!!! You make us proud. Thanks to all the fans who came out to support the Miners!

-- Posted by Miner_Mom_11 on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 1:10 PM

Congrads to all involved & to Shad Cox for some excellent pictures!!!

-- Posted by brewanddiana on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 9:35 AM

Love the Cheerleader pics too! wish they were with the team pic (the big group one :-()

Great job Miners!!!!

-- Posted by judy.k.wright on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 2:55 PM

We are proud of our Miner Football team and the outstanding job they have done!!!!!!Equally as proud of our Marching Miner Band and they terrific show they put on!!!!!!

-- Posted by dunnbill3 on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 8:00 PM

I wanted to take some time to express how impressed I was with the Linton football team. Not just for their obvious talent on the field, but more for their sportsmanship on the field.

I watched these young men throughout the game help not only their teammates up off the turf, but also North Central. It was a nice hard fought, clean game! Very classy and I personally will be rooting you guys on! I hope this is the year Linton wins it all! Good luck!


North Central fan

-- Posted by tbird on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 8:53 PM

Yes Linton also has a band, the best band in Indiana by far!

-- Posted by catpowered on Mon, Oct 15, 2012, at 9:46 PM

Dear North Central Fan,

As a mom of a Linton Miner and an Alumni of North Central, I truly appreciate your comments. It was a very special day for us and we thank North Central for inviting us to Lucas Oil for a day that none of the boys - Linton or North Central will ever forget...What a memory for all of them to walk on the field and play there. Again, I appreciate your comments and that you took the time to post them!

Miner Mom

-- Posted by Miner_Mom_11 on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 8:40 AM

If I'm not mistaken, the Miners were the ones invited to play at Lucas Oil by the organizers of the event. North Central just happened to be the team they were playing that week. Either way, it was a great day!! Now we are off to the play-offs. Go Miners!!!

-- Posted by Fan of FB on Tue, Oct 16, 2012, at 11:41 AM

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