Miners prep for season amidst pandemic

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LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Linton’s Trey Goodman will be a quarterback to watch this season for the Miners. He passed for 1,389 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. Putting up similar numbers, while dealing with a virus that threatens the sport is a pretty daunting challenge for the senior.

“The pandemic just made it more of a challenge which I mean some of us love that and some of us hate it but really I think the challenge is good for us we’re going to see what team really works the hardest and come this season I think we’ll be the team that worked the hardest,” he said.

Watching practice it’s easy to see the differences. Everyone is spread out with masks on, but playing a contact sport with one on is not easy. Junior Gabe Eslinger says it’s makes breathing difficult. “You’ve got to wear a mask everywhere only allowed to take it off when you’re doing a drill but it’s a set of challenges we’re going to have to overcome. It’s kind of annoying to have to put it back on after every other play but it’s what necessary to have a football season,” he said.

And having a season is what everyone is concerned about. Will they start? Will they finish? Here’s head coach Brian Oliver’s thoughts on that. “Well I don’t know there’s so many situations and rumors and all that stuff out there I don’t know I don’t want to get caught up in all that stuff I’m more worried about what we need to do get ready to play some games, however many that might be we don’t know but we’re getting ourselves ready and get ready to play this game,” he said.

Despite being focused on the X’s and O’s of the game. Coach Oliver knows this season will be one to remember down the road. “I think after this season you’ll sit down and think man how crazy was this going on but just happy to be out here and be out here with the boys and our fellow coaches and just being out here doing what we love and that’s coaching football and being around all these great kids,” Oliver said.

And Linton football means a lot to them. Here’s what Gabe and Trey say they love the most about playing for the Miners. “The traditions and being around everyone having all my friends with me at all times and it’s just in our roots,” Eslinger said.

“Oh my goodness the atmosphere the community just everything about Linton I love it. I love the city I love the players I love every single person in this town it’s just a small town vibe and you gotta love it,” Goodman said. Whatever this season looks like one thing we know for sure the Miners are slated to open against Southridge on August 21st.

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