Sunday, October 28, 2007

Linton wraps up third straight perfect season

Single-Wing Linton Wraps Up Third Straight Perfect Season

Published: October 27, 2007 12:08 am

Linton earns shutout at Wood Memorial, chance to play unbeaten Perry Central

The Linton Miners are obviously taking the Class A high school football playoffs one game at a time. They defeated Wood Memorial’s Trojans 48-0 during the regular season, and the undefeated No. 4-ranked Miners were not looking ahead, as they pounded Wood Memorial 30-0 at Roy Williams Field in Linton.

Next week the Miners will play undefeated rival Perry Central.

“You worry about [looking ahead], but the kids know what they want. They know what the goal is [and] the coaches aren’t going to let that happen. We don’t look ahead. Everything we [did] in practice is geared to beat Wood Memorial. We took care of that, now we gear up, it’s all going to be strictly Perry [Central],” Linton coach Steve Weber said after the 70th win of his career.

In fact it was just the kind of win a team wants before the championship game. Linton racked up 482 yards of total offense, while the defense earned its third shutout of the season, limiting the Trojans to 146 yards interception four Trojans’ passes.

Plus the Miners got a bonus from placekicker Ross Gentry. The junior kicked a 26-yard field goal to open the Miners’ scoring.

“I think tonight was the first time the offense and the defense played. A lot of times the defense shows up, the offense is gone. The offense shows up, the defense is gone,” Weber said.

Not just the offense, the running and passing games. Quarterback Keith Cunningham completed 11 of 12 passes for 184 yards, completing passes to six different receivers.

“Last week I think we threw the ball well. We didn’t catch the ball well,” Weber said of Linton’s dropped passes in the win against Springs Valley.

“[Cunningham is] throwing the ball good and tonight we just caught the ball better.”

At the same time, Linton rushed for 298 yards. Linton’s Ethan Brewer ran for 122 yards, including touchdown runs of 10, 8 and 1 yard before being shaken up in the final minute of the third quarter. The Miners were ahead 30-0 when Brewer was injured and Linton was preparing to pull its starters.

Linton also got 114 yards rushing and a 37-yard touchdown from Mickey Tosti.

The Miners led 10-0 after the first quarter as Brewer scored on a 10-yard run to cap a nine-play, 85 yard drive.

On the final play of the first period Cunningham intercepted a Wood Memorial pass and two plays later Tosti broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run.

Brewer added another touchdown with 3:50 to play in the second period, giving the Miners a 23-0 halftime lead.

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