LINTON — In football, turnovers lead to extra opportunities and they typically determine the outcome.
That was the case on Friday night in the IHSAA Class A regional championship between the Fountain Central Mustangs and the Linton-Stockton Miners.
Fountain Central committed five turnovers and top-rated Linton-Stockton turned them into points as the Miners defeated the Mustangs 47-28 at Roy Williams Field.
“We talked about it before the game, if we turn it over, we are going to have trouble,’’ Fountain Central coach Brian Moore said. “We were able to move the ball, very efficiently, but it was the turnovers.
“How many turnovers did we get back, one or two?’’
Actually, Linton-Stockton had just one offensive miscue and that was offset by an interception by senior defensive back Kurtis Cox just two plays later.
“They got four more turnovers and they won by three scores,’’ Moore said. “That’s the name of the game in football. You have to hang onto the ball.’’
It’s the second time this season that that Mustangs (11-2) were guilty of five turnovers in a game. The other one was a 42-35 loss to North Vermillion in the regular season.
The two mostly costly miscues for Fountain Central came at the start of the third quarter. Linton-Stockton (13-0) turned its third interception and a fumble recovery by Austin Hale in the third quarter into a pair of touchdowns.
“We had a play that we thought was open and they picked it off,’’ Moore said. “They got up 21-7 after that one. And, we were still moving the ball. It was a play that we knew had a chance to be there and it didn’t work.
‘“When push came to shove, they made more plays than we did.’’
Beau Eaton’s 11-yard run and his 34-yard pass to Mitch Eberhardt turned a 14-7 contest at halftime into a 28-7 lead for the Miners just 3 minutes, 22 seconds in the second half.