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Miners to Face 4-1 Cougars at Death Valley This Friday.

 

                Linton will have perhaps their shorted road trip this Friday as they head to Elnora/Odon to face the Cougars of North Daviess.   Coach Trent Fine came aboard in 2018 from Huntington North where he went 15-15, after starting his coaching at Monroe Central.  This is his 5th year at ND and is over-all 21-24.  The Cougars opened up with a loss to a currently unbeaten Tecumseh Brave team 49-12.  However, the Cougars have won four straight including back to back road games at Edinburgh (44-20, their first loss) and a big one over Washington 49-16.   Linton under Coach Brian Oliver is in his 10th season at the helm of the Miners with a 37-13 career mark that included a 2-16 state championship in Class culminating a four-year run of 51 wins and 4 losses.  Since pushed to Class 2A it’s been a tougher road to how, but Linton has been in the thick of things still winning with a 44-17 record, but have ran into the always staunch Evansville Mater Dei club in post season.   Last year’s 28-27 loss was a close as the Miners have seen another Sectional Title that state title run in ’16, but have a rich history of 13 sectional and 10 regional titles along the way.

 

                Linton and North Daviess have quite the history with some of the most memorable games ever played.  2010 saw the Cougars paste 73 points on the Miners at the Valley, although a young Austin Karazsia would set the still standing record for passing yards in a game as Linton scored 33.  Linton would pay the Cougars back and more with an 81-20 blasting the following year that saw all 81 points come in the first 3 quarters.  These teams first met in 1971 with a Miner win, but ND soon took over winning 4 in a row starting in 1977.  Coach Scotty Helms suffered through perhaps one of the toughest losses in an 18-16 game in sectional championship 2008 that came down to an inch and if it was indeed a fumble or had Webster reached across to the game winner.  Another classic was a 2001 upset of Linton 14-0 in sectional action, when Linton had beaten the Cougars 31-0 earlier in the year.  The best year I have down for ND was a 10-2 2009 squad that fell to Linton 28-24 in a sectional championship game. Then head coach Tim Able, now at Triton Central led his 1994 7-4 Cougars to the sectional finale only to lose to Tecumseh.   As for Coach Fine, his best year to days was 7-4 in 2019, but North Daviess is off to their best start since ’19.  They started 4-0 then only to win 3 of their last 4.  This is the game when Cougar fans and coaches alike will see how ND will compete against stiffer opposition and in a way, dictates how the season will go. 

 

                2021 had ND come in 4-1 but were blanked 47-0 by Linton at the Roy.  2020 had the Cougars 4-0 and handed a 50-14 loss from the Miners.  2019 much the same coming in 4-1 and losing 48-14.  In both ’20 and ’21 ND would lose every game post Linton.  This is where N.Daviess is looking for a change and to get over that hump.  Linton had won 13 in a row, and since 2002 have a dominating 33-9 advantage, 42-15 over-all.  How do you convince your team that this won’t be the status quo again? Yes North Daviess is 4-1, but Linton is once again coming in heavy favorites at 5-0 and ranked #1 in 2A.  The Cougars have nothing to lose and everything to gain and should play as such.  They cannot afford to get down early nor by a big margin.  Linton has to avoid another game of coming out somewhat flat.  I think the Miners will be looking to prove something after giving up 40 points to Boonville last week and giving up an awful lot of big plays.  I think Linton will face an air assault most of the night with the success Brock Knepp has had in 1,089 passing yards with a spread offense that has given the Miners some concern to this mid-way point.

 

                Of course, North Daviess probably hasn’t seen an offense as high powered and a versatile as Linton’s to this point in 2022. 

Linton has been virtually unstoppable scoring on 65% of their possessions, which include when games are well at hand and the second teamers take over.  Linton averages 443.20 of offense and 52.4 points per game, equal parts rushing at 326.6 and passing 116.6.  Gennicks put up 182 last week in the air, and with 6’5” Braden Walters, 6’4” Logan Webb and 6’3” Paul Oliver running routes there are targets difficult to cover.  Webb is coming off his best receiving night and leads Linton with 18 catches and 195 yards with 2 TDs.  Walters adds 2 TDs as well with 12 catches on 171 yards.  Gennicks had completed 67.6% of his tosses with 48 of 71, and only 1 interception.  WB Jesse Voigtschild gets in on the action with 4-89-1 and RB Hunter Johns caught his 1st two catches of the year for 33 yards both on screens.    Linton has always been known for their running game that never features one player.  This year however, it’s hard to not look at the efforts of Hunter Gennicks specifically.  Sometimes he seems to carry the Miners on his back with plays reminiscent of 2016’s state champion QB Tyler Maurer with his physical yet elusive rooms, in many cases making something purely out of a sure nothing.  He has had 5 100+ yard rush games with last week’s 185 his top output.  At the same time you cannot over look fellow senior Hunter Johns who lined up at RB alongside Gennicks making the switch from WB in 2021.  He has burst for major runs, including 10 TDs in his 451 yards second only to Gennicks’ 11 scores.  Walters started a game late in week 2 but his impact was immediate in both phases of the game, has 124 yards on 18 touches and 2 scores, along with Soph Voigtschild who has 3 TDs on 22 for 138 running. Nobody of those four has less than 6 yards per carry with Gennicks at 13.04 and Johns at 9.6.  

 

               

                This all starts up front with a veteran offensive line that has stayed consistent in 2022.  Nathan Watson, Wrigley Franklin, Jacob Breedlove, Aiden Giles and Hank Gennicks have been the centerpiece that has produced 1,633 rushing yards, and 28 TD.  All the while protecting QB Gennicks giving up just 2 sacks in the passing game. Franklin from his pulling guard slot has 21 pancake blocks Gennicks 14 with 13 from Giles.  Franklin and Giles both have been starters from their Sophomore years, while Watson started as a junior in 2021.  Breedlove and Gennicks were both injured most of 2021, but Hank did start week 1 as a freshman, and was on the field against Mater Dei in sectional last year.  Their experience had been a positive point coming into 2022.

 

                Linton will face most likely an all-out passing attack from Knepp, who has hit 69.8 of his 106 attempts and 10 Tds thrown out of his 74 completions.  He has only 3 interceptions thrown. Knepp will have two seniors who have come up big in the passing game to count on in Austin Webster and Mathew Wagler.  Webster at 5’9 170 has 31 catches, 7 of those for scores and 419 yards.  Wagler, 5’11” 160, adds 21 more for 260 yards and 1 TD,  Drew Boyd, 6’0” 160, has 6 for 147 (1 TD)  as well as 6’3 200 Elliott Park with 7 for 92 (1 TD).  The TailBack, Coltyn McNabb has 5 catches for 76 yard as well.  McNabb just a sophomore at 6’1” 190 has been the running alternative with over half the carries (64) of the team and 434 of their over-all 652 rushing total.  He has 7 TDs, and a 6.8 per carry average.  The only other Cougar to run the ball is the QB Knepp with 27 for 135 and 5 TDs.  The front line is manned by seniors on the right side with 5’8 260 Tanner Wilcoxen and 5’8 220 Ethan White. Nicklaus Fine 6’1 210 Junior is at center with Abraham Victoriano (Jr, 6’2 250) and a freshman Casyn Bishop (5;7 245) on the left.  Victoriano and WIlcoxen are returning starters, as well as Knepp, Boyd, Webster and McNabb from the Linton game last year.

 

                The Miners have allowed 292.20 per game of offense and 21.6 ppg.  They were under fire last week from a very good Boonville squad, but made just enough plays to give the Miner offense the ability to put more points on the board.  Yet I know the coaches would not be pleased at allowing 40 points, and the success Boonville had at moving the ball both on the ground and in the air specifically.   Opponents have been able to hit on pass plays of 20+ yards 16 times including 7 plays of 30+ yards.  This was evident in 3 TD passes last week of 31, 41 and 59.  A topic of discussion was that Linton had jumped on top of opponents so quickly in all four games leading into Boonville.  Both Monrovia and Sullivan had played pretty even after the initial scoring onslaught but could never stop the Miner Offense.  The Pioneer/Miner game was dogfight from the get-go that proved Boonville to be a tough bunch with a lot of talent. It also proved the Miners could remain composed and play through adversity. I think this week will see a defensive unit focused on improvement and possibly a point to prove. 

 

                Freshman Russell Goodman is the top tackler with 38 in his role at ILB & Special Team. ILB Bradyn Cox is right behind with 35 total, with safety Hunter Gennicks at the top of solo tackles with 19.  Ashton White has 34 tackles from several roles (ILB, DT and Special Teams). ILB Aiden Giles and OLB Wrigley Franklin both have a total of 31.5 stops, followed by Hunter Gennicks’ 31.

The Miners have had 32 tackles for loss as a team with 8 sacks.  They’ve also had 6 Nits with 2 of those being returned for touchdowns.  Another noticeable stat is opponent 3rd down conversions which is at 35.4% (23 of 65) compared to Linton’s 62.8%. Paul Oliver, another freshman, leads in TFL with 6.5 and has 2 sacks. Franklin with 4.5 and 2 as well. Christian Shonk has 4 TFL  and 1 sack, with Goodman 3.5 TFL and a sack.  Linton has pressured QB’s a lot in 202s with Oliver leading the way at 10, Shonk and Franklin at 7, and Ty Boyd at 5.  Oliver has 2 Interceptions, with Voigtschild, Boyd, Gennicks and Walters each having 1. 

 

                North Daviess returns 7 starters from their 2021 team.  McNabb leads ND with 25 tackles 2.5 TFL. A trio of Cougars with 20 tackles each-Elisha Swartzentuber, Elliott Park and Matthew Wagler.  Park has 5.5 TFL and 2 sacks.  Corey Andrews, a freshman playing SAM, has 17 tackles but leads the team with 6 TFL and 4 Sacks.  The down linemen are essentially the same as on offense so there is almost every player going both ways.  Linton has a lot of 2-way players as well, but certainly a little more depth.  ND does have 8 interceptions to their credit, and I do expect Linton to work on it’s passing game.  Looking at the starters for both teams listed below, Linton will definitely have a size advantage.    

 

This is definitely an opportunity for the Cougars.  It is a good litmus test for where they are, and every year Coach Fine says this is a game they have circled because it is the game North Daviess needs to win to get the monkey off their back.  No question that the Cougars are improved in an offense Coach Fine brought to Cougar Valley that completely was different from what Cougar fans knew from Coach Helms before.  ND has gone 0-10 in both ’21 and ’20 from week 6 through an exit in 1st round of sectionals. A win would be monumental for the Cougars as an impetus for moving onward and upward. The season is by no means over one way or the other as ND continues down the schedule, but it goes a long way in getting respect and gaining confidence.  Linton, on the other hand, will need to show improvement in some areas.  It’s good to be facing this type of offense again as you simply can’t duplicate it in practice in game time speed in small schools.  I think it’s an opportunity to get better, and more comfortable in handling situations you only see in a game setting as opposed to film study.  Linton must avoid coming out too relaxed or the term ‘flat’.  After 3 long road trips this year another to South Putnam in a few weeks, this trip south of Elnora will be a breeze travel wise.  I don’t care how hard you try to convince high school kids to be focused, you know history plays a role in things, and North Daviess simply has not put up much threat in many years.  Linton has put up over 699 points total over the last 13 meetings, a 53.8 average.  They’ve surpassed 50 points 8 of those games and most the time early.  The Cougar’s battle as you would expect them to, but they have trouble scoring against varsity defense, with only 47 points scored in the last 7 meetings.  The closest game in recent memory was perhaps 2014 (a 55-28 score that was a game early on) and in 2012’s 35-12 Miner win.  There was a time this game was a hard-fought battle for bragging rights in the area.  In the 90’s there were tight games of a 6-0 Cougar win in ’94, and a Miner 13-7 in ’95. And I recall walking the sidelines at Sportland Field in Sullivan as N.D> beat the 1999 Miners 44-40!  

 

And then there was the immaculately played 2006 game at Cougar Valley… you might remember that one.   Oh wait.  It was never played.  Lightning caused it’s move to Saturday morning, which then was moved again due to nasty weather to a Monday Night only to be deemed against IHSAA rules.  Linton would have been heavily favored and went on to an 8-1 regular season, and lost to Perry Central to finish 8-2.  But they won the SW7 conference, but alas had to share it with the 8-3 North Central Thunderbirds over the fact both had won 5 games in conference.  Yet head to head Linton beat NC 28-7.  The rules were changed after than year so it can’t happen again.  Linton was 5-0, NC 5-1 but both were named champions. 

 

That has nothing to do with this game, and as of this writing it has been moved to Saturday at 11 AM due to a huge lighting pole calling into the field.  That would have been disastrous had it occurred with the game in full flow and stands packed with people standing along the fences.  Could have been a tragedy so very thankful it happened when it did, but I bet it would have made ESPN highlights.  You don’t hear about stuff like that happening very often.  So, it’s a Saturday morning meeting instead of a Friday Night under the lights (I like being under the lights).  Will that have any affect on either team.  It’s another day of practice for sure.  And a lot of coaches have great disdain for a change in habit.  I guess we will have to see.  I hope Linton fans will make the trip to support the Miners because as I have gone to great length to express---the kids feel it, and it helps them undoubtedly and it also shows everyone that Linton brings the town with them.  

 

As always… you can hear these stats and a lot of other information live as it happens from our radio broadcast on 93.3 FM WQTY or on your phone or anything else digital related at www.wqtyradio.com as I am in mid-year 23 of Miner Broadcasting. Kevin Rader has been a great addition to the booth as Darren Clayton moved onward and upward to be Athletic Director!

 

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Miners Equal Parts Run/Pass in Dominating Cougars 42-7

 

 

 

Delayed a day due to a lighting pole falling onto the field at Thurman Brown field earlier that week, Linton showed up hitting on all cylinders to beat North Daviess for the 14th consecutive year.  The Miners jumped out to a 14-0 1st quarter lead that ballooned to 36-0 at the half.  The 2nd half had a running clock for the 3rd time in 2022, Linton emptied the benches enroute to their 6th win 42-7.

 

It was a beautiful fall say at the kickoff from ND’s Jessie Carter landed into Miner freshman Russell Goodman at the Linton 28 where he bolted up the middle nearly going the distance but caught by Wyatt Bishop and Elliott Park at the Cougar 42, a return of 30 yards.  On Linton’s 1st play from scrimmage Hunter Gennicks connected with Paul Oliver, another Miner Freshman, for his 12th passing TD of the year on a sideline route in stride at the Cougar 18 when Oliver out dashed his defender for the initial Miner score.  Senior Nathan Fray hit his 1st PAT of the year for the 7-0 led 14 seconds into the game.

 

The bad start would continue for the 4-1 Cougars as on 2nd and 9, ND Sophomore Coltyn McNabb broke into the Miner secondary on a 16 yard run. However, he was hit hard by Hunter Gennicks near midfield jarring the ball loose.  Miner Senior Aiden Giles scooped up the ball at the ND 49.  Linton then started a march that appeared stalled with a 4th and 15 at the Cougar 29.  Back to back encroachment fouls against ND made it a conceivable conversion from 5 away as Linton had been successful on 4 of 6 4th down attempts coming into the game.  The Cougars proved game as ND Frosh Casey Andrews and Senior Ethan White wrapped #15 short of the 1st down stick.  ND could not take advantage of the momentum gained though, and Andrews would boot a monster 63 yard punt to the Miner 17.

 

The Miners’ 3rd possession would be finished with an impressive 11 play 83 yard drive culminating in a perfect pass from Gennicks to Oliver on a quick out at the Cougar 5, and Oliver turning and waltzing into the end zone at the 4:15 mark that, with another Frady PAT, put Linton up 14 zip.  The drive featured a 20 yard pass from Gennicks to Braden Walters on a 3rd and 4 early in the march.  Walters gained 13 on a rush while Oliver caught a 13 yard pass as well.  North Daviess would get their initial 1st down on the day on a wide receiver screen from junior QB Brock Knepp to Senior Austin Webster for 14 to their own 44.  Knepp was forced to scramble on 3rd and 11 and opted to slide down 6 yards shy forcing another Andrew punt. A nice return by Senior Hunter Johns was called back on a penalty and Linton started their 4th possession from their own 27 as the 2nd quarter ushered in.

 

It was not the best Miner series, as Gennicks was sacked for only the 3rd time all season as Andrews managed to wrangle in the fleet-footed Gennicks for a huge 12 yard loss then a screen to Johns barely got back to the line of scrimmage bringing in Oliver for a 31 yard punt.  ND started on the Miner side of the field with a great chance to grab momentum again, but Giles and senior Wrigley Franklin dropped Webster for a loss of 2, and Giles and junior Ty Boyd combined to drop Knepp for 6 yard sack on 3rd and 12.  Andrews came in to punt to the Miner 32.  Gennicks connected again with Oliver for a 13 yard gain to the Miner 45, then a couple plays later facing 3rd and 5, Gennicks pulled the ball back from John’s belly and blasted through the right side for 50 untouched yards to the house.  Once more, Nathan Frady was perfect on the kick, and with 6:47 in the half, Linton was coasting with a 21-0 lead.

 

Since Braden Walters hit the field in week 2, he took the kick off duties, and has been a solid kicker averaging 35 yards a kick, and would get one to the end zone (albeit aided by a misfielding of the ball inside the 5.  Elliott Park hauled in a Knepp pass on a 3rd and 12 for exactly 12 yards then a Webster catch converted a 3rd and 3 to the ND 45. McNabb, who came in leading ND in rushing with 434 yards?

 Gained another 11 to the Linton 44 to sustain the Cougar’s best drive of the night.  On 2nd and all Knepp let loose an ill-advised deep throw that Hunter Gennicks took in on the Cougar sideline at the Miner 21.  He would wow the crowds on both sides of the Thurman Brown Field as he zig-zagged, dodged, and broke free of several would be tacklers for an apparent 79 yard return for a back-breaking score; but the yellow hanky at the spot of the interception was for a push in the back nullifying an outstanding effort.  Instead of lining up for a PAT, Linton started from their own 11 with 2:16 until half-time.  But Linton did not relax, and on 1st down Johns broke free down the ND sideline for a 33 yard burst to the Linton 44, and one play later Gennicks hit Walters in stride at the ND 44, and Walters out-raced all Cougars for a 56 yard catch and score at the 1:39 mark of the 2nd.  Walters had best night in receiving yards with 115, which it tops in a single game this year.  Frady hit his 4th PAT in a row, and Linton was on top 28-0.

 

ND tried to answer from their own 21 with back to back wide receiver screens to Webster, the 1st getting 9, but the second producing an obvious holding penalty.  Add to that a procedure call, and the Cougars were back on their own 17.  On 3rd and 14 the snap from center Niklaus Fine came in a little high but catchable however it slid through Knepp’s hand and bounding toward the Cougar end-zone.  Knepp and Linton’s Oliver raced to the pigskin where a scrum erupted at the goal line.  In the end, Knepp came out with the ball, but it was inches from the ND end-zone.  Coach Fine decided to have Knepp take the snap and surrender 2 points via a safety, and a Miner 30-0 advantage with 1:09 still remaining in the half.  Plus, after the Carter kick-off from their own 20 bounced off Linton’s Jesse Voigtschild, the Miners had the ball at the Cougar 34 with time to strike. However, after 2 incompletions and a procedure call Linton was facing 3rd and 15 from the ND 39 with time running out.  Walters hauled in Gennicks quick out pass at the ND 38 and broke and immediate tackle, stiff-armed another and ran through another as he went 39 total yards for the score.  Frady finally showed he was human by not hitting the PAT, and Linton was up 36-0.  ND ran off one more play before the teams headed off to locker-rooms for the Half-Time break.

 

As the score would indicate, Linton dominated in all facets in the numbers.  324 to 59 in total yards at the half with 129 rushing and 195 passing.  ND’s spread offense spear headed by Knepp’s 1000+ passing yards coming into the game had been stymied hitting only 5 of 10 at this point for 45 yards. The defense came in with notable changes in positions compared to the prior week in Boonville, and it was clear the coaching staff had laid down the challenge to a Miner D that had been challenged in some area’s the prior 3 contests.  Through 2 quarters these changes had brought a positive effect on the gridiron and also the benefit of rotations seemed to be able to rest players going both ways.  With the Miner margin over 35, it was a running clock coming out in the 2nd half.

 

Both teams had their starters still going at it, and the Miner re-vamped D brought the heat to start things off in quarter three. Giles and Franklin stopped McNabb for no gain, followed by Franklin chasing on a scramble where Oliver and Boyd brought the QB down for a yard gain. On 3rd and 9 it was two of the Miners upgraded to the starting line-up freshman Russell Goodman and junior Ashton White, both at the top of the tackle chart, who combined to drop Knepp for a sack and loss of 2.  It was Franklin again who forced Knepp into that tackle.  The Linton offense lost a 1st down on a hold penalty and on the punt snap Oliver had to scoop it off the ground then due to the heavy rush, Paul tucked the ball and ran for it.  However, he needed 10 and was tripped up by the shoestring by Andrews at the Miner 24 well short of the needed yardage. 

 

The Cougars would not seize the moment, or perhaps the Miner Defense was determined to keep the goose-egg on the scoreboard.  McNabb had a net loss of 1 with 2 carries.  Voigtschild, White and NT Hank Gennicks were involved in each play.  Knepp, under heavy pressure from Christian Shonk as well as White made a great effort eluding the sack and finding receiver Brock Kain at the Miner 13.  He put the ball in Kain’s hand, but he was unable to keep it aided by a solid pop from Hunter Johns.  Facing 4th and 11 Knepp’s pass for Matthew Wager at the Linton 5 was broken up by Walters.   The first play back for Linton it was sophomore Voigtschild rambled 55 yards finally tracked down by a diving Park’s tackle at the Cougar 6.  Hayden Falter caught a quick out that he turned into a 14 yard gain to the 6, then 2 plays later Hunter Gennicks ran in the last 3 yards as the 3rd Quarter ended.   ND blocked the Frady PAT attempt to finish 4 of 6 on PAT attempts, and Linton was up 42-0.

 

ND put themselves in a hole with a holding call on 1st down, and 3 pass plays still left the Cougars 13 yards short.  Andrews 6th punt of the night put the Miner JV offense at their own 37.  Still facing the ND 1st team defense produced negative runs from Bradyn Cox and Eli Scott, but an offside set up a 3rd and 7.  Corey Andrews continued his impressive showing for the Cougs and he got to freshman QB Michael Auberrry tipping the ball in the hit to Auberry.  The ball sailed high intended to Scott in the flat, but it was Park who caught the ball and broke a couple should be tackles on his way for a 39 yard return and score to eliminate the shut out with 4:30 left.  Jessie Carter boomed the PAT for a 42-7 margin. The JV Miners and an ever changing array of Miners shuffling in and out after every play would then run out the clock but not without a great run from soph RB Tyson Walker of 29 yards nearly went the distance. 

 

 

It was another nice job from the Miner from OLine of Gennicks, Franklin, Watson, Giles and Breedlove.  Linton came in averaging 443.2 total offense per game and even with a running clock produced 429.  It was an unusual stat that has Linton with more passing yards than rushing.  Gennicks hitting for 209 yard on 9 of 19 passing.  His 4 passing TD’s give him 15 on the year and well on his way to surpassing his total of 20 TD passes in 2021.  Big nights were had by Paul Oliver (4 receptions for 81 yards and 2 TDS) and Braden Walters (3-115 2 TDs).  Walters had 94 YAC (Yards after Catch), Oliver 38.  It was the 1st game this year that saw Senior Logan Webb without a catch although he was targeted twice.  Feltner had 1 for 14, and Johns 1 of (-1) on a failed screen.  The Rushing game averaged 7.0 per carry and it was  led by 68 yards on 5 touches from Jesse Voigtschild, 59 on 6 carries from Hunter Johns.  Hunter Gennicks streak of 100+ yard games ended as he had 58 yards on 10 carries, but still added 2 TDs bringing that total to 15 for the year.  Sack yards hurt Gennicks as 22 yards came off from 2 sacks from Andrews. Braden Walters added 4 for 15. 

 

Linton’s defense was led by DE Ashton White’s 9 tackles, 4 of those for loss and 1.5 Sacks. He also had 2 hurries on Knepp.  Hunter Gennicks vaulted to the very top of the tackle chart for the year to date with 7 (4 of those solo stops).  Linton had 12 TFL on this night, and 3 sacks with a fumble recovery (Giles) and Interception (Gennicks).  ND managed just 12 yards on the ground with McNabb leading the way with 33 on 14 attempts.  Knepp was a victim of sacks, finished with (-17) on 9 totes, Austin Webster 2 for (-4).  More impressive was the effort by the pass defense especially the backfield of Gennicks and Walters at Safeties and Johns and Voigtschild at Corner.  The pressure put on Knepp certainly hindered any hopes of a successful downfield passing game.  I had Linton with 7 pressures in addition to the 3 sacks.  Franklin, White, Giles and Shonk, as well as Oliver.  Knepp came in with impressive numbers including a completion rate and left hitting on just 6 receptions of 14 throws for just 5 yards and a pick.  Webster had 4 catches for 33 yards, with 1 catch each from Park (12 yards) and Wagler (8 yards).   North Daviess’ young freshman Corey Andrews left the Cougars 8 tackle, 4 TFL, 5 Hurries and 1.5 Sacks.  Elliott Park had 8 stops along with a pick 6 on the JV offense. 5 tackles each from McNabb, Wagler, Webster and Brees Woolford.

 

The Miners who came in ranked #1 in 2A are now 6-0, North Daviess fell to 4-2.  The Cougars only losses coming to unbeaten Linton and unbeaten 1A Tecumseh.  They have a tough task next week hosting 6-0 1A #4 North Decatur likely on Saturday Afternoon since all home games will be moved since all the light poles had to be cut down and won’t be replaced until the season is over.  Linton returns to Roy Williams Field after 2 weeks on the road. The opponent is another old rival with North Knox coming to town.  The Warriors sit 3-3 after back to back wins over 0-6 Pike Central and 1-4 North Central.  They battled the same Boonville squad Linton won in a shootout 50-40, to a 13-7 Overtime loss.

Game Stats Attached

 

Linton vs North Daviess 2022 Stats.docx

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