The Miners capitalized on the turnover by traveling 66 yards in nine
plays with Karazsia extending the lead to 21-0 on a one-yard sneak for
the touchdown. North Daviess started their next possession just short
of midfield, and methodically moved the ball down the field on the
ground. Set up at the Linton 33, and time slipping away inside the
final minute before halftime the Cougars were forced to pass. Helms
had Zach Baker open in the endzone, but Kaiser recovered and
intercepted the ball in the end zone.
Despite the ball being at their own 20, and the game clock showing
less than 60 seconds, the Miner offense wasn’t content with its
three-touchdown lead. Karazsia found Bradbury for a 15-yard pass, and
then Linton decided it was time for some trickery. On the next play,
Karazsia found Grant Stamm for a 25-yard gain to the Cougars 40, Stahm
then lateraled the ball back to Bradbury, who ran 45 yards for a
touchdown giving the Miners a 28-0 lead at halftime. The Miners
outgained the Cougars 285-74 in the first half.
The Cougars received the ball to start the second half, but they
couldn’t get anything going offensively. Meanwhile, the Miners ran one
play on each of their first two drives of the third quarter. Kaiser
ran for a 65-yard touchdown, and then Karazsia found Dane Rupska for a
65-yard touchdown pass extending the lead to 40-0. Karazsia added
another touchdown through the air to give Linton a 48-0 lead at the
end of the third quarter. The Cougars finally got on the board with a
Lengacher touchdown run with 2:12 to play in regulation for the final
margin of 48-6.
Linton will face the winner of the West Washington and Milan sectional
39 championship next Friday.