Linton will host Milnor-North Sargent for their homecoming game. The contest will be the third consecutive home game for the Lions to open the season. Last week’s 12-7 come from behind win against Oaks was big, as the visitors were picked to finish third behind the Lions in the pre-season Regional poll. The task will get no easier this Friday as Milnor-North Sargent was picked 2rd in the same pre-season poll. Minor started their season playing up one class and suffered a 28-13 home field loss to Lisbon. Week two saw another home game as the Bulldogs hosted Cass-Northern. They proved to be poor hosts as they destroyed the visitors by a score of 63-0.
Adding to the meaning of the game is that it was Milnor that knocked the Lions from the undefeated and state wide #1 ranking last fall in the second round of the playoffs, pulling the upset over Linton, 17-14. “We beat them in the regular season,” remembers Imdeike. “We have not forgotten. We had a four hour coaches meeting this morning (Labor Day) and we fill we have a good game plan. They have a great quarterback, but our defense is playing well. We got to get it going on offense.
Adding to the meaningfulness of the game will be Homecoming festivities at Linton High. September 9 seems early for Homecoming. “We only have one more home game on the regular season schedule after this week, and that is Senior night,” explained Imdeike. “We didn’t have a whole lot of choice, with our schedule starting off with three straight home games. It (homecoming) can be a distraction if you let it, but our kids will not let that happen. They know this is a big game and they remember what happened last year. We all do.”