LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Compared to last year football teams around the area are back to a more normal look at practices. The masks that adorned football fields last year are gone, replaced by the familiar sounds of whistles and pads coming together.
But Linton head coach Brian Oliver knows it takes a sense of vigilance to continue the return to normal. “Yeah the restrictions have eased but we’ve still got to be careful and be smart in what we do I mean COVID is still around we’ve still got to be smart and keep our circle small in order to be able to have a full season but yeah the restrictions have been easier for us and been a little more enjoyable for us to have a full offseason,” Oliver said.
Just like last season the offense will run through dual threat QB Hunter Gennicks, who looks to build on his experience starting from 2020. “It should be tremendous I’ve watched a lot of film this offseason I’m going to work on stuff to get better and should be even better this year we’ve got we only lost five seniors last year so hoping to win a couple of those big games we lost last year and make a statement in the south,” Gennicks said.
Alongside Hunter is fullback and linebacker Drew Smith. Drew appreciates the support as the whole town rallies around the strong tradition that is Miner football. “You know everybody keeps you honest and you’ve got to work hard to you know kind of follow in everyone’s footsteps it’s pretty fun to play for. It will look like it did two years ago the Wing T with a little few new kinks you’ll see our first games but I think it will be a pleasant surprise,” Smith said.
Coach Oliver is counting on full fan support with no limits on capacity this year. “I’m just glad to be playing at home early and have full capacity here I mean last year we didn’t have any full capacity games and two huge games right out of the gate just to be at home and I’m hoping to be able to see the ROY packed like it has been in sectionals and regional games and just having that atmosphere because the boys really missed out on that last year and I’m really looking forward to having a packed house and hopefully having a great game and getting a couple wins when we play both teams,” he said.
Linton opens the season with back to back home games. The Miners host Southridge in week one on August 20th followed by their rivals, the Sullivan Golden Arrows who visit in week two.