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Karazsia, Kaiser named to First Team All State honors

Friday, November 30, 2012

Koye Kaiser [Order this photo]
Linton-Stockton quarterback Austin Karazsia and defensive back Koye Kaiser have been named to the Associated Press First Team All-State Football squad for 2012.

"They both were great players for us for a lot of years not just this year," Linton-Stockton head coach Steve Weber said.

For Karazsia, the honor comes in the wake of a high school career that saw the lanky senior rewrite most of the Linton-Stockton record books for quarterbacks.

Austin Karazsia
"With his stats and for what he's done for this team and what he allowed us to do he's very, very deserving," Weber said. "Not many kids could handle the responsibility he was given."

He sits atop the Miner records for career pass attempts (1,068), career pass completions (685), single season pass completions (251), completions in a game (30 against Eastern Greene in 2011), single season attempts (361), career yards (9,253), single season yards (3,473), single game yards (408 vs. North Daviess in 2011), career touchdown passes (111) and TD passes in a single season (43).

"It's really cool," Karazsia said. "Just a lot of hard work and I couldn't have done it without teammates, coaches and the entire community rallying around behind me and supporting me for four years, it's really cool."

Karazsia shares the single game mark of five touchdown passes with Jarman Lannan who accomplished the feat twice -- once in 1987 against North Central and again in 1988 against Owen Valley.

Not to be outdone, Karazsia did it three times during his storied career. The first came in 2010 against North Daviess, the second against West Vigo in 2011 and his third was against Perry Central in this year's sectional.

The only record he doesn't hold is for pass attempts in a game. That distinction currently belongs to Mike Rose with 44 in 1969.

"It really does feel like the crowning jewel in a high school career," Karazsia said. "Just a lot of hard work really paying off."

It's the second time in as many season that Kaiser's name has been on the list. Last year he was also recognized as a defensive back.

"I really think Koye could've been on both sides of the all-state team -- both offensive and defensive," Weber said. "He's a very talent kid.

"AK was our quarterback on offense and Koye was our quarterback on defense."

While being known throughout the area as an offensive force for Weber's Miners, Kaiser was an impressive member of the defensive secondary.

"I'm pretty pleased with being named to the team, It's an honor really to get it again," Kaiser said. "I couldn't really have done it without my teammates, I'm pretty surprised about it."

Kaiser says earning the status for a second straight year is a highlight to his high school football career.

"Really I didn't know if I would get it again coming off getting it last year," he said. "I thought our team was more balanced all around this year, so it's a surprise."

He hauled in a team-leading total of seven interceptions this past season -- including one for a touchdown -- and averaged 18.7 yards per interception return.

Those numbers were supported by his numbers on the other side of the ball. Numbers that included a team-leading 1,488 yards of rushing with 19 TDs and 34 receptions for another 319 yards and four more TDs.

And they don't include his four kickoff returns for 94 yards and the 13 punt returns for another 140 yards.

"A lot of people like to look at the offense," Kaiser noted. "I think as a team our defense was the one that won a lot of our games -- so to be a representative of the defense is very nice."

Adding to his defensive prowess, Kaiser recovered a fumble and was credited with 41 total tackles this past year.

That tally includes 19 solo and 22 assisted stops, adding to his effectiveness as a part of one of the most overlooked parts of a Miner defense that allowed just over five points a game this year and registered a string of seven shutouts.

"Our defensive line and linebackers are great, so a lot of the time our secondary gets overlooked," Kaiser said. "I think we led the conference in interceptions and returns for touchdowns. So all of our defensive backs were good this year."

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Way to go guys you both earned the honor.Results of having a great bunch of team mates.

-- Posted by MY BOY on Sat, Dec 1, 2012, at 8:32 AM

Congratulations to Austin and Koye!! Well deserved honor.

-- Posted by mjkocher on Sun, Dec 2, 2012, at 7:26 PM

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