“Things just started off badly and it just snowballed,” Helms said. “I don’t think they are 55 points better than us, but they’re an outstanding football team, they sensed blood and it was over early.”
Linton would score four more touchdowns on the ground from Hayden and Mitch Eberhart in addition to a Rupska pass touchdown to take a 55-0 lead into halftime. The 55 points scored by Linton was its second highest output of the season after the 59-8 win at Wood Memorial Sept. 6. Rupska complete 8-of-11 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 28 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half. North Daviess managed just 56 total yards and two first downs, one of which came on a penalty.
The Cougars were called for 13 penalties for 118 yards and they turned the ball over three times after only two giveaways in the first five games.
North Daviess will visit winless Wood Memorial Friday in an attempt to bounce back after the devastating loss to the Miners.
The silver lining for the Cougars is after a tough 47-28 loss in Week 2 at North Central (Farmersburg), the Cougars bounced back by winning their next three games by a combined score of 136-37 prior to the Linton loss.
“I told them don’t let one half of a football game define your season,” Helms said. “I love the character of this football team, and I strongly feel we’ll come back strong.”