VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — A week ago, Fountain Central added another chapter to its successful football tradition.
Tonight, the Mustangs want to write another successful story as Fountain Central travels to play the top-rated Linton-Stockton Miners in the IHSAA Class A regional championship.
“We’ve talked about tradition here and these kids, whether it was their dads or uncles or brothers and just friends that have played football here,” said Fountain Central coach Brian Moore after last week’s 48-12 win over Attica in the Sectional 47 Championship. “When it’s your time and you have all of this tradition — and there is a lot of tradition here at Fountain Central through a lot of great, great years, and through the decades. When it’s your chance to come out and play on Friday, this is such a big deal.”
And, things continue to get bigger for the Mustangs (11-1).
Tonight’s opponent, Linton-Stockton (12-0) features a balanced offense with both a ground game and a passing attack.
Austin Hale is the leading rusher for the Miners with 853 yards and 10 touchdowns; while Dane Rupska has throw for almost 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns before going down with an ankle injury. Beau Eaton has taken over the quarterbacking duties. Linton-Stockton’s Grant Stamm, the team’s leading receiver, has been lost for the season with a broken leg.
That will definitely put a lot of pressure on the Fountain Central defense, which has allowed just 44 points in three sectional victories.
“We just played really well defensively,” said Moore after Friday’s victory and special credit went to the lines of Fountain Central.
The Mustangs had 358 rushing yards in the sectional championship victory over the Red Ramblers. Senior Daniel Harrison led the way for Fountain Central with 207 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.
Tonight’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) kickoff at Roy Williams Field in Linton. The game can be heard locally on WKZS-FM 103.1