The more things change, the more they stay the same.
In a season full of changes for Johnson Central, the Golden Eagles found themselves champions of Region 4 with a 34-13 victory over the Corbin Redhounds for the second consecutive season.
Johnson Central started his first practice with a first and a 10 at the 24-yard line. The Golden Eagles wasted no time roaming the pitch with his rushed offense. Chase Price had a seven-yard pickup to convert for a first down and was heading for Corbin’s territory. The Golden Eagles faced a fourth and two of the 37s, but looked phaseless as Price was able to convert with a big 11-yard gain. Price then closed the opening practice of the game with a five-yard touchdown rush. Practice kept Corbin’s offense off the field for more than eight minutes as the Golden Eagles won 17 games and 8:01 on the clock. The Golden Eagles TD went 7-0.
The Redhounds had a good kickoff comeback and started the run from their own 37-yard line. Corbin had a bad snap just a few plays in their practice, and the fumble was picked up by Ryleh McKenzie to put the Golden Eagles’ offense back on the field with two minutes left in the first quarter. The Golden Eagles quickly regained the end zone, with Price smashing two tackles for a 48-yard TD just three games later to cap a 52-yard drive and take the lead to 14-0 with just over a minute. to play in the first quarter.
Corbin started his second offensive offense with a first and 10 of 19. A restrain call backed the Redhounds to a first and 20 of nine. Corbin, now facing a second and 16, saw a 53-yard bomb from quarterback Cameron Combs at Dakota Patterson to put the Redhounds in Johnson Central territory. Corbin was unable to use the correct field position and momentum and was forced to kick on that offensive command.
Johnson Central’s next practice ended with a punt.
Corbin took over on his own 38-yard line after the punt. They were ultimately faced with a third and 10 which Combs converted with a big 25-yard screen pass to Seth Huff. The Redhounds finished training with a two-yard run through the middle of Combs to bring the score to 14-7 with 3:39 left in the half.
The Golden Eagles got back to work on offense, starting with the first and 10 from their own 35-yard line and just over two minutes to go into halftime. Zach McCoart had a big run to bring the Golden Eagles back to the 18-yard line with 1:37 left on the clock. McCoart followed that up soon after with a 16-yard run into the end zone to bring the score to 21-7 with just 1:09 left in the first half.
The Redhounds had a solid training ground up to the Johnson Central 25-yard line which eventually stalled as they were running out of time. Corbin managed to stop the clock with two seconds into the half, and Jacob Baker’s 42-yard field goal attempt was good to make it 21-10 before halftime.
The Golden Eagles came out in the second half with more of the same, scoring 13 points against the three Redhounds in the second half of the action. Corbin was never able to come close to the Golden Eagles, who claimed a 34-13 victory.
Johnson Central did it all on the court, racking up 454 rushing yards on Corbin Road.
Matt Crum led the team in rushing yards with 124, on 10 attempts with a touchdown. Chase Price had 119 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Zack McCoart had 97 yards on 16 touchdowns with two touchdowns. Grant Rice carried the ball eight times for 62 yards.
In defense, Ryleh McKenzie had one fumble and five total tackles. Mason Lemaster had 14 tackles. Jacob Cain and Price each had six total tackles.
Sawyer Crum had an almost perfect night, with four of the five PATs.
The Golden Eagles return home for the Class 4A semifinal this Friday as they face Franklin County in a rematch last season. Kick-off is set at 7:30 p.m.