LINTON, Ind (WTWO/WAWV) – The Linton Miners are red hot. They are 7-1 on the season and riding a seven game win streak. One of the hallmarks of their brand of football is solid fundamentals. Linebacker and fullback Luke Lannan says solid tackling helped spur the turnaround.
“After week one that was a tough loss to Southridge the team really started coming together and focusing on the blocking, our blocking was really bad week one and after that we’ve been getting better and better at that, that’s been number one thing that’s made us go on our couple game winning streak,” he said.
In addition to better blocking wide receiver Devyn Robertson says the offense has opened things up which has added to the success. “We’ve definitely mixed in more passing this year and I love that because I’m a wide receiver and our run game is awesome our line is doing great and the passing game like I said is awesome,” said Robertson.
Head coach Brian Oliver is 71-16 in his 7th year at the helm of the program. He says it takes a while to adjust when moving up a class in the state. “Well you look I mean it’s a big adjustment coming from 1 A to 2 A I mean different talent, different speed, different teams we’re not as familiar with so I mean it’s been an adjustment so we’re getting used to there we still got a ways to go and we’re hoping that with this group of seniors and this team that we have that we can make a little bit more noise in the tournament this year,” he said.
And if you watch this team closely there’s always a sense of pride in wearing the Miner uniform. “It’s awesome I love Miner football it’s the best football in the state of Indiana and I’d say throughout the U.S. too,” Robertson said.
Added Lannan, “Cold weather is here it’s a prime time for football we only lost one and we’re looking pretty sharp so we’re hoping to put together a long run in the post season,” he said.
A long run in the post season that may just remind Miner fans of what Coach Oliver’s goal is for every season. “The driving point for us is keep getting better every single week because our ultimate goal is always to be playing Thanksgiving weekend and we want to win the championship so I mean we’re striving for that every single day.”
Linton hosts Providence on Friday night at 7:30 pm.