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  1. or I would assume whomever prepared the charts for the announcers made the mistake. WHen I did the MD-Linton game I was keenly aware MD had 2 kickers both with impressive kicking stats...so I was surprised to hear a wrong name multiple times on a FG... BUT....I also know I had all week to prepare for the MD game, not to mention we played them in each of the last 5 years... so I knew what I was going to see pretty well. I guess that would be my point. Not saying get rid of the guy, he's the guy... but it would be great to have guys involved who know the teams very well too. Course I also think a 3 man broadcast crew would be crowded and hard to keep talk-over chtter down...but it would make for an interesting session..... but...it just occured to me... the local guys would be doing the games for their local coverage on radio already....so that pretty much ends that thought...!
  2. I love a hard nosed player who delivers a hit when necessary but quite honestly why have your stud RB take a hit on the sideline that could on said play pop an ankle or knee or shoulder when he could dart OOB and not risk an injury much more detrimental to his team than perhaps another yard or two gained. Now....if it meant a 1st down I sure want him to make that effort. and, if there's one defender to break a big gain... make that effort. But all other circumstances I say live to fight another day...especially late in season. My only exception to this is in a game where you want to make a statement early on...but it would sure suck to lose your bread and butter on a play he could have ducked out of bounds without the hit. I don't think a question of toughness is warranted given this kid's effort season long. I'd honestly expect a coach to tell your RBs and WRs to so the same thing. I admit I love to see the collision, and it sure can fire up a team on either side of the ball.... but dang 350 yards is pretty impressive.
  3. I thought you couldn't switch schools for athletic reasons??
  4. I have long wondered why the state final broadcast doesn't bring in the folks who have covered the team involved all year to the broadcast. Perhaps not as the main guy, the main play by play guy, but to add the knowledge of what the team does...who is who.. because I am amazed at how many times the wrong kid is named... and I know mistakes happen...and they don't really have much time to dive and research a whole season's worth of games. I know I'd much rather hear the voice of someone who really understands who the team counts on, who gets it done and what a team is about. I'd love a 3 man team....one from both sides and a neutral host.
  5. Linton to face unknown in Regional Tilt with Lapel Bulldogs. First things first. Linton has reached the Class 2A Regional for the 1st time in program history. The Miners moved up because of the IHSAA “Success Factor” in 2017 after back to back 1A state final appearances, and the big win in 2016. I know I’m not the only Linton fan who feels there were really good Miner teams in these 2A years that could have made deep runs in 1A. Linton stayed in 2A due to enrollment (by last count we were 8 students above the 1A Cutoff), and did not back down from the challenge. Coach Oliver and the Miners have had to deal with Southridge (before they bumped to 3A) and Evansville Mater Dei both in their 2a Sectional losing to the Wildcats in sectional championship with an 8-4 2020 team, and last year’s unbeaten team losing 28-27 in semi-final. 2019’s team was 9-1 before a cold journey to the Reitz Bowl ended the season. The move to Sectional 37 opened up new horizons, but it was anything but a given that Linton would waltz through that group of 8. The Miners went the hard way facing 7-2 South Vermillion (47-21 Win) then hosting 7-3 Southmont in what was a 35-7 halftime blow-out ending with a Miner interception at Linton’s 15 to hold of the Mounties 35-29. That list of 8 included Linton’s oldest and bitterest rival in Sullivan. The Arrows at 7-4 were geared for upset hosting Linton at Sportland Field, and held a 24-21 lead going into the 4th quarter. However, the Miners ground out a score, and Hunter Gennicks closed out the Arrows with a 35 yard run for a 33-24 Linton win bringing Linton’s 1st 2A sectional title back to Miner City. Tim Miller is in his 12th year at Lapel, starting in 2012 with a 2-9 season. For 4 years the Bulldogs finished under. 500 but yet won a sectiional in 2014 losing to LCC in regional play 54-12. From 2016 onward Lapel has had winning seasons, losing to Ritter in sectional championshin of ’16. They won back to back sectionals in 2017 (9-4) and 2018 (8-5) win wins over Shenandoah each year, then being eliminated by Eastbrook on both occasions. The 2020 edition of Lapel winning another Sectional beating Frankton, but one more their nemesis Eastbrook took them out 46-13. Miiler, who has a 70-57 record all at Lapel, replaced Nate Andrews who won sectional in 2008 (10-3 losing to Ritter in regional) and Woody Fields won in 1995 with a 5-6 squad. Lapel has never advanced past the Regional level. Linton, in Class 1A for most of their history, has 14 sectional titles, 10 Regional wins, and 2 trips to Lucas Oil to their resume. However, until last week, post-season success hasn’t resulted in hardware. Linton has gonee 6-5 in post-season play since moving to 2A. Like Sullivan last week, the 7-5 Bulldogs cannot be judged by their W-L record. Those losses were in week 1 to 3A 8-3 Hamilton Heights 34-7, and back to back losses in week 4 and 5 to unbeaten 1A’s Indy Lutheran (52-14) and North Decatur (43-18). The other losses came to 5-6 Eastern Hancock 29-22 in week 9 and 7-4 Heritage Christian 42-38 in week 7. The Bulldogs avenged both losses with a hammering of the Royals 41-13 in Sect 38 semi’s then a big win over the favored (by many) Eagles of Heritage Christian 21-20 last week. Lapel has quality wins over 6-5 Shenandoah 33-21, & 6-4 3A Heritage 32-37, as well as the sectional wins over EH and HC. They beat 3-7 Frankton and 4A 2-8 Jay County but each wasn’t big margin (21-7, 29-21). The dead hammer 4-6 Winchester 49-19 to open Sectional 38 action. Linton has wins over 7-5 Sullivan twice (40-20 & 33-24), 4A 8-4 Boonvill in a 50-40 shootout, 42-7 over 1A 6-5 North Vermillion 64-14, 7-4 1A South Putnam 35-10, as well over a 52-27 win over a full strength Monrovia team in week 3. Monrovia plays in regional action tonight against unbeaten Owen Valley. Add to those quality wins the victories over 7-3 South Vermillion and 7-4 Southmont. The Miners blasted though Parke Heritage (1-9) North Daviess (5-5) North Knox (4-6) and Eastern Greene (2-8) by a combined 202-20. The Miner offense averages 46.5 ppg , 426.7 per game, 305.1 of that on the ground. The Offensive line is led by 3 seniors with Center Nathan Watson (6’0 255) and guards Wrigley Franklin (6’3 225) and Aiden Giles (6’3 200). Soph Hank Gennicks (6’2 250) and Junior Jacob Breedlove (6’7 300) at tackles. Last week we saw Junior Ty Boyd (6’1 210) and Freshman Russell Goodman (6;2 180) at Tight End on occasions. They will face off with Lapel defensive front and LB group that has allowed 350.3 per game, 27.3 ppg. I don’t have anything stat wise from their Winchester win but I suspect that would lower those numbers since the Bulldogs stuffed them 49-14. The Bulldogs have DE’s Chandler Lowes (11 6’2 180) and Matt Carpenter (11 6’5 195) with DT’s Jaydon Rodriguez (11 5‘9 215) and Anthony Prater (12 6’2 320). The Linebackers are Bruin White (12 5’10 175), Ethan Hewitt (12 5’10 175) and Luke Sundheimer (12 5’10 170). The Db’s are Rylie Hudson (10 5’10 185) and Landon Brown (11 6’0 165) at corner, and leading tackler with 93 Tyler Lutz (12 5’10 170) and Nick White (1 6’0 150) at safety. After Lutz, B.White has 88 stops with 9 TFL, and Carpenter with 72 stops and a team high 12 TFL. Sundheimer adds 67. They will have to contend with Hunter Gennicks, the Miner QB (12 6’0 195) who leads Linton with 1,707 rushing yards, 158 carries, 10.8 per run and 29 TDs. He is surrounded with other weapons who have proven each to make big plays-Hunter Johns at RB (12 5’8 180) 109-712-12, and wing backs Braden Walters (11 6’5 190) 63-419-4 and Jesse Voigtschild (10 5’7 150) 59-446-5. Gennicks has passed for 1,459 yards on 105 of 193 (54.4%) 19 TDs to 3 picks. He had a season high of 209 yards mid-year at North Daviess. His rushing total bolstered by a 239 yard performance against Southmont, and nine 100+ efforts. Considering he and other 1st teamers got little in any action in 4 games, those number would certainly be higher. Linton has a trifecta of height in receivers led by 6’4 205 senior Logan Webb with 33 catches for 367 yards and 4 TDs. 22 catches each for Paul Oliver (9, 6’3 205) and Walters (11. 6’5 190). Oliver has 5 scores, 372 yards; Walters 5 TD 393 yards. You can’t discount Voigtschild with 10-187-2. When you look at Lapel’ offensive numbers it becomes apparent that Senior Tyler Dollar (5’10 185) is central to their success. He has 239 carries of the team’s total 379 (63%) 2,108 of the team’s 2,977 rushing yards (71%). 26 rush TD (team 38) and 8.82 per carry. He’s coming off a 21 carry 251 yard performance against Heritage Christian, and has 6 games (of 11 played) of 230+ yards. He missed one game, and looks like limited action in the loss to Eastern Hancock in week 9. He looks to be back to 100% with 507 rushing yards and 6 TDs in the last 2 games. He is the workhorse with over 21 carries averaged per game, eclipsing 30 a couple times, and is a 191.55 per game. This means their O-Line has done a great job, and it seems soph Karson Kinsinger (6’5 315) is one to watch at left tackle. Keegan O’Connor (12 5’9 225) joins him at LG, J J Baxter (11 5’10 260) at center. The right side is manned by G Ryan Carpenter (12 5/10 230) and T Chandler Lowes (11 6’2 180). The Bulldogs also have a supporting cast in WB’s Nick Witte (11 6’0 150) and Ryline Hudson (10 5’10 185). Hudson adds 3 TDs on 36-274 rushings, Witter 9-93-2. Bruin White (12 5’10 175) filled in for Dollar against Jay County and had 94 yards rushing. For the year he’s a 43-295 with a TD. The Bulldogs turned to a freshman at QB Devin Craig (6’0 150) in week 4 (against Lutheran of all opponents). I don’t know if it was injury that forced that move or not. Luke Alexander (11 6’0 190) was QB the 1st three week with 210 yards passing on 22-55 but 0 TD and 4 picks. He also seemed more a runner with 18 carries for 60 yards and a TD. Craig has 67 yards on 18 carries over his 9 games. He has however thrown for 1.469 yards a 62.5% clip on 130-208. 9 TD and 9 Interceptions. Colin Jannings (12 6’1 175) and Logan White (11 6’0 150) are wideouts as well as Landon White (11 6’1 150) but it is Witte with 70 catches-over half the completions!- for 833 and 3 TDs. Hudson, also at Wb, is next with 38 for 414 and 3 TDs. Jannings is 23-196-0, Lo White 7-93-2. Clearly Lapel can pass the ball, but it looks like the wings/slots are the target, particularly #20. The Miner D allows just 17.2 ppg, 223.7 per game… and only 86.0 per game rushing, with 2.63 per carry. Something certainly has to give! Monrovia, behind the power running of Belcher, is the only opponent over 200 rushing years, and only 3 other games did opponents crack 100 yards. Pass Defense has been tested but has weathered the storm, allowing 147.2 per game. However there have been games where receivers have found success with Southmont’s 273 a couple weeks back. Sullivan aired it out 33 times -last week hitting 16 for 179, but only 2 passes out of 11 20+ yard passes connected. The efforts of corners Jesse Voigtchild, Hunter Johns and Hayden Feltner (10 6’1 165) were solid along with safety Hunter Gennicks and Braden Walters. Linton will rotate a 3 man front line with Jr Ashton White (11 6’0 195), Hank Gennicks (10/6’2 250) Aiden Giles (12’ 6’3 200) and Ty Boyd (11 6’1 210). LBs are led by leading tackler Russell Goodman (1, 6’2 180) with 108 stops 10 TFK. Christian Shonk (11’ 5’10 180) and Braydn Cox (12 5’10 185) alternate at the other ILB. 6’3 205 FR Paul Oliver (16 TFL) and 6’3 205 SR Wrigley Franklin (15 TFL) are forces at OLB. After Goodman, White has 87 stops 11 TFL, Hunter Gennicks 86, Franklin 80, Giles with 69. Other factors--- Cold Weather… and 2.5 hour bus ride for the Bulldogs…. Kicking game??? Go Miners
  6. I'm gonna admit it. I know little about the Lapel Bulldogs. I know they are always pretty good, and have a terrific senior RB in Tyler Dollar with his 2,108 yards rushing. Considering Lapel as a team has 2,961 yards rushing it's clear that Dollar is their bread and butter. I figure Craig must be a good athlete as well if he's starting at QB as a Freshman... was he there all year? 1,469 yards passing but what stands out is his 62% accuracy. 3 Bulldogs with over 20 catches each in Witte, Hudson and Jennings... Schedule wise obviously it's an indication that Lapel is playing their best right now... revenge wins over Eastern Hancock and then Heritage Christian. Dollar with 251 on the ground last week. HOnestly though, their regular season losses to those two teams were close. Their other losses were to solid teams... 8-3 3A Hamilton Heights... and unbeaten 1A's North Decatur and Lutheran. Like Sullivan last week, 7-5 isnt an indication of the talent Lapel has on the field. I know Lapel has never won a regional so I'm sure they are hungry. Linton hasn't had much success at 2A, with last week's win being our 1st in 2A... I also know I am glad not to be travelling the 2+ hours to Lapel... I can't fathom how Lapel is in the southern regional... I don't mind of course....Mater Dei has been our demise so many times. I see some big boys on the Lapel roster...soph tackle Kinsinger 6'5 325, Prater at DT 6'2 320 and just 4 seniors starting on offense it's a relative young team. DEfense is led by LB Bruin Wilson with 109 tackles 9 TFL... safety Lutz with 95 and 8.5 and DE Carpenter 72/12. The Miners of course I know all about lol. Gennicks at QB with 1,707 yards 29 TDs.... but add key roles from Voigtschild and Walters 400+ yards and Johns at RB with 712 and 12 TDs. Hunter has about the same in passing as Craig at Lapel, 1,452 and both about the same attempts (gennicks 105-193, Craig 130-208)... LInton also with 3 recievers over 20 catches each (Webb, Walters and Oliver) Linton has been led by freshman Russell Goodman at ILB, and junior Ashton White as of late at NT. 6'3 DE's Wrigley FRanklin and Paul Oliver (another freshman) having great seasons as well as Gennicks at safety a key role in Miner defense.
  7. I'm gonna admit it. I know little about the Lapel Bulldogs. I know they are always pretty good, and have a terrific senior RB in Tyler Dollar with his 2,108 yards rushing. Considering Lapel as a team has 2,961 yards rushing it's clear that Dollar is their bread and butter. I figure Craig must be a good athlete as well if he's starting at QB as a Freshman... was he there all year? 1,469 yards passing but what stands out is his 62% accuracy. 3 Bulldogs with over 20 catches each in Witte, Hudson and Jennings... Schedule wise obviously it's an indication that Lapel is playing their best right now... revenge wins over Eastern Hancock and then Heritage Christian. Dollar with 251 on the ground last week. HOnestly though, their regular season losses to those two teams were close. Their other losses were to solid teams... 8-3 3A Hamilton Heights... and unbeaten 1A's North Decatur and Lutheran. Like Sullivan last week, 7-5 isnt an indication of the talent Lapel has on the field. I know Lapel has never won a regional so I'm sure they are hungry. Linton hasn't had much success at 2A, with last week's win being our 1st in 2A... I also know I am glad not to be travelling the 2+ hours to Lapel... I can't fathom how Lapel is in the southern regional... I don't mind of course....Mater Dei has been our demise so many times. I see some big boys on the Lapel roster...soph tackle Kinsinger 6'5 325, Prater at DT 6'2 320 and just 4 seniors starting on offense it's a relative young team. DEfense is led by LB Bruin Wilson with 109 tackles 9 TFL... safety Lutz with 95 and 8.5 and DE Carpenter 72/12. The Miners of course I know all about lol. Gennicks at QB with 1,707 yards 29 TDs.... but add key roles from Voigtschild and Walters 400+ yards and Johns at RB with 712 and 12 TDs. Hunter has about the same in passing as Craig at Lapel, 1,452 and both about the same attempts (gennicks 105-193, Craig 130-208)... LInton also with 3 recievers over 20 catches each (Webb, Walters and Oliver) Linton has been led by freshman Russell Goodman at ILB, and junior Ashton White as of late at NT. 6'3 DE's Wrigley FRanklin and Paul Oliver (another freshman) having great seasons as well as Gennicks at safety a key role in Miner defense. Anyone care to chime in so I can learn more about Lapel... I'd appreciate it!
  8. oh yeah.. .this kind of talk is always going on. I have yearly info that ranks the teams in teams of offense defense etd... but it sometimes is not fair really. The 2000s schedule with Dugger Wood Memorial, Upstart Eastern Greene, North Central were almost always over at the coin toss and certainly by the 1st quarter... Recent schedules have been much more competitive.. Interesting the 2022 and 2021 score. If 2021 would have had the addition of Walters as a soph....which would have opened up some passing options .... or if Eslinger would have been a senior this year with Goodman at ILB and WB....
  9. Monrovia has been playing much better with Belcher back healthy...
  10. I also wouldn't say that... Altho that 2016 team was pretty awesome. Both teams are very similar, and I have been asked countless times my opinion on who would be tops between Meurer and Gennicks. They both were outstanding on both sides of the ball, and both made plays to single handedly win ballgames in their Miner career. It would be a heck of a game... and i'm not gonna try and pick. LOL. I don't see any 70+ margin on either side. same with 2012 team. Tyler had 1524 yards and 32 rush TDs in '16...and had great support with Kendall Williams and Keaton Cox (soph), and bulldozer in the Blue Mule..aka Mason Garrett at RB. Hunter is at 1710 rush yards at this point in 12 games, with 29 rush TDs. He also has solid backing with Braden Walter and Jesse Voigtschild (a soph), and HUnter Johns at RB... Johns and Mason both with big motors, Garrett more pure power and Hunter with a huge burst of speed... GEnnicks has benefit from a tri fecta of height in the passing game.. 6'3 Oliver 6'4 Webb and 6'5 Walters...as well as Voigtschild from WB. At this point Hunter is 105-192 with 1449... 19 TDs and just 3 picks. 2016 did not throw nearly as much.... 117 attempts... 56 complete, 1402 yards... 19 TDs and just 2 picks. 2016 didn't have near the options...Williams and Cox each had 13 catches...Bill Smith had 10. For 2022 the pass has been much more prominent and effective. Webb with 33 catches, Oliver 22... and Walters with 22 as well... all three well over 300 yards apiece. Voigtshild adds another 10 and 180+. I can see by the numbers that 2016 didn't give up near the pass yards. Sullivan as always it seems, had 191.. but honestly... I don't see the teams on that schedule being pass heavy teams other than the Arrows and perhaps Eastern Greene. Tecumseh as well. So it's hard to make comparisons. I know that the LB group from '16 was pretty stellar with Avery Gentry, Ian Fonseca, Williams Cox...and luke Miller too. Meurer was certainly a huge factor at FS and Linton used 3 DBs then. I think Gennicks, Walters, Voigtschild and Johns have the ability...and I think they showed that much better this game... plus Feltner and Webb give depth we didn't have in 2016. I feel Ashton Miller this year reminds me of Chance Howard at NT on D... '16 had some big talent up front with Clayton Walker and Mason at DE's...Levi Jerrels with Howard at DT. Russell Goodman has really impressed as a Freshman at ILB this year, but it's hard to top that group of LB's in 2016! 2022 has 3 year starters in Giles and Franklin on the O line and definitely a high point talked about coming into the year... 2016 wasn't as big, all seniors, but averaged 327.7 per game on the ground..... Hard to answer than inevitable question. but 70 points better? Don't think so. My gut says the battle would be the '22 Oline and Gennicks against those '16 LB's and DE's... '22's ability to pass... but could '22 contain Meurer as well as the inside power of Mason. Lemme fire up my NCAA Nintendo and see.... !!
  11. I wouldn't say that. I haven't gone thru the numbers... yet... but Sullivan put the ball in the air 34 times... hitting 16.. but... most of those completions were short. The last 2 Sullivan possessions Linton was not going to let anything deep happen so we gave up short 8-10 yard passes. Up 27to 24 then 33 to 24 that was an easy call. Of those 34 passes... 11 were of 20+ yards only 2 were completed and both TDs. Voigtschild was especially good at using the sideline and not letting anyone by...plus a big pickoff at the Miner 5 just before halftime. Both Gennicks and Walters made hits from safety that broke up passes. Feltner, a soph, came in at CB for an injured Hunter Johns and did well. I'll take that percentage anytime against a very good passing offense with a very good running QB. He ran 15 times for 85 unofficial...and 9-59 was in 1st half. No question turnovers played a role. but cashing in on them is imperative. Gennicks' 16 yard TD run would have been a TD from anywhere on the field. Just as his last run from 35 would have gone the distance from anywhere. The only gimme was the high snap giving Linton the ball at the Arrow 6. The other Arrow fumble resulted in a 3 and out from Linton. Linton also gave Sullivan the ball on a F near midfield just before the half but the defense answered the bell. Gennicks won this QB battle with 166 big rushing yards 4 rush TDs on 24 carries, 11 of those moved the chains including several 4th and short. But credit Voigstchild (7-55) and Walters (9-48) in that run game that came to 307 yards. Adds Gennicks 10-21-113 and Linton had 420 to Sullivan's 269. When Linton had to dig in and move the football down 24-21, they did it. They went 80 yards to open the game with a score... and the 8 play 74 yard drive that put Linton up 27-24. Also had a 16 play drive late in 3rd that was blown up on a grounding call and a failed 4th and 7. Earlier reached Sullivan's 22 and again Sullivan stopped us on a 4th and 7. Yes Sullivan had a drop on a 3rd down late that would have moved chains... but yes Linton did the same thing on a 3rd and long that was clearly gonna move the chains. Yes the arrows fumbled twice, but those were the result of big solid hits from Oliver on the 1st, and Gennicks on the 2nd. LInton was the more physical team all night in my obviously bias opinion, as well as getting a few yellow hanky's for genuinely solid physical hits. I don't think you can hit anymore in football. I definitely have respect for the Sullivan program. Rowdy Adams is a gamer Luke Adams almost unstoppable at WR, and Cody Adams a monster on defense. The SUllivan folks know Linton, and what Linton does as well if not better than anyone....to beat them twice in one season is pretty awesome. I think the Miner kids heard all about week 4 all week leading up to this game...not only from Sullivan folks and social media, but even from Linton fans worried about the pass defense given the first meeting as well as with Southmont in the 2nd half last week. We faced some good passing teams in South Put and South Vermillion the prior 2 weeks and advanced too. As I said to start with.. I think the pass D wins this game. Toward the end Rowdy could not find the open downfield receiver and had to go under or run... and the Dline and ILB's were able to keep him from busting the long play. The offense had to work for what they got all night...but numbers don't lie. 307 rushing, 113 passing indicates Linton did move the ball. Congrats to Coach Caton... Sullivan is certainly much better than a 7-5 record indicates. I am very happy for this group of LInton Seniors...I think losing this game and not bringing home the sectional crown would have stuck in the crawl forever and put a damper on an otherwise terrific year.
  12. True... Triton Central is always competitive for sure...
  13. It was sure an amazing environment at Sullivan Friday....one of the ages and one that will once more be talked about! But Linton wins... and I feel the pass defense is responsible for the win with their play all 4 quarters.
  14. I though the pass defense won the game for LInton. Gave up a couple TD passes...but I think Arrow Folks and others (even me) thought Sullivan would have a field day passing....but it didn't pan out that way. Linton with a big stat advantage and made the plays in a lot of adversity and calls that went against them. Gutty effort again by Linton. 4 quarters to win too.... they drove the field when they had to, and made the defensive plays keeping Rowdy Adams in check the majority of the night.
  15. That's the thing... 2A teams like Luers, LCC, Mater Dei, Andrean....play much bigger teams and stronger schedules that the actual rural 2A schedules... so when it's time for post season... they are certainly the favorites. I was surprise at the Triton Central win... but TC is always a tough out as well.
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