Eagles Kick Off Their Season-Ted McCoart
September 6, 2011By Claire Johnson of Johnson Central High School
By: Ted McCoart
The Johnson Central Football team started the season off with a bang as they defeated Heath High School by a final score of 48-7.
The Eagles ran the ball straight through the Heath defense all night as the team accumulated 459 yards of offense-all on the ground.
Senior and Mr. Football candidate J.J Jude ran for a stellar 313 yards and 6 touchdowns on 9 carries.
Jude, who is now just a little shy of 2,400 yards and from breaking the state career rushing mark set by Derek Homer said, “I never dreamed we would have come out of the gate like this” when asked about his offenses first game. Jude also gave credit to his offensive line saying “it all started up front.”
The play of the offensive line was a huge question mark for Eagles entering the season and they answered any questions in the opening game.
The Eagles debuted a new starting quarterback in Zack Gound who has big shoes to fill in coming weeks.
The team played phenomenal defense as well holding heath scoreless until the final four minutes of the game.
“My teammates came together and played amazing defense” said Ross Sanor when questioned about his defenses play in the game.
Coach Jim Matney praised his teams play saying, “I was really surprised at how well our team played.” Matney went on to add that the “road does not get any easier for us.”
Unfortunately, Matney’s prediction proved true in the second game of the season as 5A Perry County Central defeated the Eagles in a close one at Eagle Field last Friday. The 35-27 loss to the 2-0 squad gave the Eagles their first challenge of the early season (stats were not available at press time).
Another obstacle facing the Eagles this year is the move to 4A. The Eagles district opponents will be different this year as they will now face Boyd County, Greenup County, Rowan County, and Ashland Paul Blazer.
The Eagles will be in action next at the Appalachian Wireless Bowl where they will face off against Clay County at Clay County on September 2.
The Eagles will first be in district action on September 23rd when they face off against Boyd County.