Johnstown showing it can overcome adversity

Johnstown showing it can overcome adversity

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Johnstown showing it can overcome adversity

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Johnstown’s Nate Brown grabs a Chillicothe ball carrier during a Week 1 game.

Johnstown’s Nate Brown grabs a Chillicothe ball carrier during a Week 1 game.

JOHNSTOWN — The conditions were far from ideal this past Friday, but the Johnnies came through their game at Buckeye Valley unscathed with a 13-3 victory.

Coach Mike Carter said the Johnnies should be better for it. They have been tested as much as anybody as they prepare for fellow unbeaten Watkins Memorial to visit Friday for a Licking County League crossover game with massive playoff implications.

“It’s part of the game, and you have to be ready to play or practice in those types of elements,” Carter said. “That is one of the beauties of it all. … They have showed tremendous character with their work ethic and positive attitude, and the way they’ve bonded together as a team has just been superb.”

The rain which came down in buckets, according to Carter, and caused field conditions that had the ball literally floating at the line of scrimmage provided more adversity than any coach could have imagined. The Johnnies were able to finally break through in the third-quarter after a short punt set up a 30-yard drive.

The Barons ran more than 70 plays and had several opportunities deep in Johnstown territory, but the Johnnies never allowed them to reach the end zone. The Johnnies stopped a fake punt in the second quarter and grabbed a clinching interception in the fourth.

“It is a lot of communication and mental practices, getting to know the opponent,” senior defensive back Trent Coe said. “Everybody was making plays, and that is how it has to be.”

Carter said the Johnnies never panicked even as the offense was unable to get its signature running game on track. Workman eventually broke away for a 53-yard run and an insurance touchdown late in the third quarter.

“They had tremendous confidence in one another, and they knew they just had to keep on working to fix a couple things here and fix a couple things there and keep plugging away,” Carter said.

The Johnnies expect another battle from the Warriors, who will bring the most balanced offense to test the Johnnies yet. Watkins has shown an equal ability to make plays on the ground with Kaleb Goad and Garth Medors or through the air on the strong arm of Westley Brandon.

A challenge, however, is nothing new for the Johnnies. The defense has allowed only 20 points, and it made big plays to preserve a Week 1 victory against Chillicothe, too.

“We are focusing in and working on our keys and technique,” senior defensive lineman Jonny Chatfield said. “Everyone has to do their job.”

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Aug. 28: Johnstown 14, Chillicothe 10

Sept. 4: Johnstown 33, Fairfield Union 7

Sept. 11: Johnstown 13, @Buck. Valley 3

Sept. 18: Watkins Memorial, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25: @Granville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2: @Northridge, 7 p.m.

Oct. 8: Newark Catholic, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16: @Licking Valley, 7 p.m.

Oct. 23: @Utica, 7 p.m.

Oct. 30: Heath, 7 p.m.

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