LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As they embark on the 2019 season… the Linton Miners know the past two years will be a guide to what they can expect. They are now three years removed from the magical 2016 state title and for quarterback Trey Goodman, he’s well aware of the differences between 1 and 2 A.
Quarterback Trey Goodman says, “Just the competition in the postseason. Our schedule really builds us up and gets us ready for it does a lot for us. We have one of the toughest schedules this school has probably seen.”
“2A is rough with teams that have 11 good guys on the field. That’s the biggest difference,” says senior Luke Lannan.
For head coach Brian Oliver, he’s happy with the increased leadership that having more upperclassmen will afford the Miners. They return all 11 starters on offense and 9 on defense.
Oliver says,”Last year we had 5 seniors this year we have 17. That’s huge for us so that’s going to be something we can build off of and create so much more depth.”
Football holds a special place in Linton and Lannan recently saw that first hand from members of the community.
Luke: “I was at a county fair two weeks ago there were five different times some old man talked to me, didn’t know me other than football and I thought that was really neat.”
As for the brand of football they will play, here’s Goodman’s take on the Miners philosophy.
Trey: “It’s just smash mouth football. I love to pass the ball because that’s my job, but I also like seeing guys get hit and all that fun stuff.”
The goal remains the same this season in Linton.
Trey: “State is our goal that’s where we’re going to be.”
Luke: “The goal every year is to win a state championship.”
Brian: ” The tradition that we have here, the expectations that we have here, that’s what’s great about this program.”