Linton Community Prepares for State

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“We’ve been the runner ups but never the state champions and that would just be a wonderful thing for our school and the community.”

Traveling through Linton, it’s nearly impossible to not feel at least a little miner pride. Business after business covered in that miner red and blue. Joyce Gentry is a grandma to one of the players, to her the community support is unlike any other in the state.

Joyce Gentry says “You don’t get the crowd that Linton has at the game, if you’ve ever been there you know there’s not an empty seat everybody is standing all around. Everybody just loves football in Linton.”

For head coach Brian Oliver the community support is huge to him and his team.

Brian Oliver says “Our kids really get excited about that because we’ve got some of the best fans in Indiana in our minds, and we’ve got some great alumni, and that’s what makes it so special here.”

Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, coach Oliver knows it won’t just be his 11 boys on the field giving their all. They’ll have a little help from the stands as well.

“You look, a lot of our fans are as invested as we are. They come to every game. And our boys really feed off that.” says Oliver.

Last year the miners fell short of bringing home the school’s first ever football state championship. The community felt the pain with the team, and this year they hope to feel the joy.

Joyce Gentry says “Last year they came home with a runner up ring and I hope this year they come home with a winning ring.”

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