The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

November 2, 2012

ND plays Linton for sectional title

WASHINGTON — North Daviess and Linton are old friends on the football field, and the duo have another chance to play for a Class A sectional title at Linton today.

Linton (11-0) enters the contest as a southern Indiana powerhouse that has averaged 53 points per game while holding he opposition to five per outing.

The 5-6 Cougars average 27 per game while allowing 25.

Linton has had the better of the rivalry as of late, winning eight of the last 10 meetings. The Miners dropped an 81-6 loss on North Daviess in the sectional championship game in 2011.

North Daviess last won by a 73-33 margin during the 2010 regular season in a game at Cougar Valley.

Linton has won the last three sectional championship games the teams have played.

Quarterback Austin Karazsia is one of the state’s leading passers with 2,308 yards on 168 completions with 31 touchdowns through the first 10 games.

North Daviess perhaps have come as close anyone, attempting to slow the Miner road to a perfect record. North Daviess held the Miners to 35 points in a 35-12 loss. That’s the fewest points Linton has scored in a game this season, and the 12 points are the most the Miners have allowed.

“We trying to do all the things we need to do to win a game like this,” North Daviess coach Scott Helms said of the week’s preparation. “They (Linton ) are a very good football team.”

Helms said he thought his team followed the game plan in the regular season. It was simply a matter of starting too late.

“We executed the plan for the last three quarters,” Helms said. “We need to execute for the entire 48 minutes. We can’t wake up after five minutes or the end of the first quarter. We have to start from the beginning.”

Winning time of possession and running the ball to keep Linton’s offense off the field will be a key for the Cougars.

Colton Lengacher has gained 1,788 yards on 231 rushes and has scored 22 touchdowns for North Daviess this fall.

Logan Turpin has added 774 yards and eight scores.

And while those numbers exemplify the ground game, Helms said simply running the ball will not be enough for his team.

“I think they (Linton) realize we have a good ground game,” Helms said. “But we can’t go into this game thinking that we can just run the ball. We will probably have to throw at least 10 to 15 times to be able to run. We won’t be able to run in they have nine or more guys stacked inside the box.”

Stopping early big plays will be on the North Daviess defense.

That comes from both the pass and run.

“Linton has a lot of speed, and that’s something you can’t teach,” Helms said. “We have to pressure the quarterback — make him go to second reads — play good leverage on their backs and receivers. We have to prevent the big play. We need to make them play a lot of downs to make them get the ball down the field.”

Helms believes execution will be a key for his Cougars.

He understands the Cougars will have to a good game on Linton’s home field.

“Our kids are confident, they feel they can play with anyone,” Helms said. “There will be highs and lows on the way. We simply have to play 48 minutes of some very solid, hard-hitting football.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Area Baseball Statistics AREA BASEBALL STATS BATTING (Minumum 15 at-bats) BATTING AVERAGE A.J Graber (B-R) .423 C. Miller (LHS) .386 H. Bell (LHS) .381 L. James (B-R) .348 L. Bell (LHS) .321 A. Wittmer (ND) .320 L. Graber (B-R) .318 N. Gingerich (ND) .310 J. Blackwell (LHS)

    April 23, 2014

  • SPT-WT-042314-ASHLEY ELLIOTT PIC BNL downs Washington, 11-1 The Washington softball team lost another game Tuesday night, but coach Bret Graber sees signs of improvement that could pay dividends down the road. The Hatchets have yet to win a game this season, and to an outside observer, the 11-1 loss to Bedfo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • ND downs B-R 6-2 MONTGOMERY - The Lady Cougars scored four runs in the top of the third inning and that was enough for the victory as they went on to beat Barr-Reeve, 6-2 on Saturday. Molly Wallace started on the mound for the Vikings and took the loss, as she gave

    April 22, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041914-LHS_WHS01 Loogootee defeats Washington, 16-6 LOOGOOTEE -- In the game of softball, a good offensive attack doesn't always mean the number of hits you can record, but rather the patience you can show at the plate. Loogootee used a big second inning to defeat Washington 16-6 in six innings due i

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friday's Sports Briefs Hatchets beat Lions LOOGOOTEE -- The Washington girls tennis team defeated Loogootee 3-2 Thursday afternoon. Loogootee won the first two singles matches with Emily Bateman defeating Chelsee Brown 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4 and Erin Nelson defeating Audrey Rog

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041714-JAKE BEDWELL PIC Hatchets get first win over Loogootee LOOGOOTEE -- The Loogootee baseball team had its chance to get back to .500 and pick up its fifth win of the season, but instead the visiting Washington Hatchets flipped the script to get their first win of the season. The Hatchets (1-4) scored four

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Vikings beat Cardinals MONTGOMERY -- The Barr-Reeve girls tennis team defeated Washington Catholic, 5-0. Allison Hoover beat Macy Kane at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-0), Melody Rohrer beat Claire Burch at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1) and at No. 3 singles, Beth

    April 17, 2014

  • Area girls tennis teams strive for sectional championship Spring is here and that means we have traded snow showers for almost daily thunderstorms, but the temperatures have warmed up and the girls tennis season is in full swing. Washington, Washington Catholic, North Daviess, Loogootee and Barr-Reeve all f

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041614-BrianHughes Hughes named District 3 Coach of the Year Bryan Hughes has been coaching basketball for more than half of his life, he's received numerous accolades for his team's success, but one award in particular still brings him great pride. For the third time, Barr-Reeve's Bryan Hughes has been named

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area Athletic Postponements

    All Barr-Reeve and Washington athletic events for Tuesday were postponed due to inclement weather. Loogootee track and junior varsity baseball were also postponed. North Daviess baseball, girls tennis and boys golf still will go on as planned.

    April 15, 2014