INDIANAPOLIS — Linton has long aspired to play at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Only in November in the IHSAA state championship game.
The Miners looked every bid a contender to do that late Saturday night in a 45-14 victory over West Vigo in the final game of the Western Indiana Conference Classic at Lucas Oil.
Linton, ranked No. 1 in Class A, hit West Vigo with a brutal defense and a surprisingly balanced offense to move to move to remain undefeated on the season.
“The kids were fired up to come up here to play in one of the best venues in the nation and coming out here wanting to put on a show,” first-year Linton coach Brian Oliver said.
Everything went wrong for West Vigo (0-4) from the start. The Vikings turned the ball over twice in the opening quarter, four times in the first half and five times for the entire game. West Vigo managed just 163 yards of total offense in the contest and was down 45-0 before scoring two touchdowns in the closing minutes.
“It was a nightmare start and you can’t play the No. 1 [ranked] team [in Class A] and start out the way we started. Self-inflicted wounds and that’s what we’ve got going right now. We’re our own worst enemy and that’s the frustrating thing for us,” West Vigo coach Jeff Cobb after the Vikings’ second game of the season against a ranked opponent.
No, Cobb did not think the Vikings were nervous about playing in the home of the NFL Indianapolis Colts.
“If anything it should improve your game. I thought a lot of our young guys played well. We had some big plays by some young kids, which is encouraging when they come to Lucas [Oil Stadium] and play that well,” Cobb said.