INDIANAPOLIS (WTHI) — Linton football coach Brian Oliver told his team before the game, “There’s going to be a lot of times in life that you don’t get a chance to redeem yourself. You’ve got an opportunity today.” And the Miners’ seized that chance.
Back at Lucas Oil Stadium for their second-straight class A state finals, Linton had some unfinished business. The Miners lost in the state championship last season to powerhouse Lafayette Central Catholic. This year, the Miners met Pioneer for the title.
Behind a brilliant performance from senior quarterback Tyler Meurer, the Miners finished strong, beating the Panthers 34-20.
The state championship win was the final milestone for a football program that has been dominant for many years. It was the school’s first state title in any sport in more than 100 years.
Meurer, in his final game, scored five total touchdown, four rushing and one through the air.
The Miners led at the half before surrendering the lead in the third quarter. A resilient Linton team fought back, trailing in the fourth quarter for only the second time this season. In the end, the Pioneer offense was unable to move down the field quick enough to score in the game’s closing minutes.
After appearing in the class A championship for the past two seasons, the Miners will move up to AA next season due to the IHSAA’s success factor rules.