The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 15, 2013

Mustangs try to carry on tradition

Fountain Central faces top-rated Linton-Stockton

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The Commercial-News

---- — 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

IHSAA Class A Regional Championship Fountain Central Mustangs vs. Linton-Stockton Miners When -- 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) tonight Where -- Roy Williams Field in Linton, Ind. Records -- Fountain Central 11-1 overall; Linton-Stockton 12-0 Rankings -- Fountain Central was rated No. 6 in the final Class A poll; while Linton-Stockton was rated No. 1 On the air -- WKZS-FM 103.1 Last meeting -- Fountain Central defeated Linton-Stockton 21-7 in a regional championship on Nov. 13, 2009. Last week's results -- Fountain Central defeated Attica 48-12; Linton-Stockton defeated Perry Central 42-9. Next week's game -- winner advances to the Class A semi-state round and will play either Eastern Hancock or South Putnam Statistical leaders Rushing -- Fountain Central: Daniel Harrison 124 carries, 1,022 yards, 16 touchdowns; Jared Fishero 97-779, 17 TDs. Linton-Stockton: Austin Hale 94 carries, 853 yards, 10 touchdowns; Mitch Eberhardt 72-638, 8 TDs; Zane Hayden 85-603, 9 TDs; Rupska 69-437, 9 TDs. Passing -- Fountain Central: Koby Pierce 90 completions, 150 attempts, 8 interceptions, 1,979 yards, 31 touchdowns. Linton-Stockton: Dane Rupska 63 completions, 116 attempts, 7 interceptions, 1,199 yards, 16 touchdowns; Beau Eaton 25-54-3, 663 yards, 9 TDs. Receiving -- Fountain Central: Trevor Loveall 40 receptions, 897 yards, 12 touchdowns; Ethan Woodrow 24-438, 11 TDs; Jared Oakley 11-296, 2 TDs. Linton-Stockton: Grant Stamm 31 receptions, 742 yards, 12 touchdowns; Hayden 13-339, 4 TDs; Eaton 15-276, 2 TDs; Trent Vowell 10-238, 1 TD.