The running clock has been the norm for the Johnson Central Golden Eagles this season.
And Friday was no different.
Fourth-ranked Johnson Central (Class 4A) opened district play and made easy work of Boyd County, 69-14, at Golden Eagle Field.
The win marked the third time this season the Golden Eagles (5-0) scored 60 or more points.
“One team, unselfish, that makes a team,” said Johnson Central coach Jim Matney.
The Golden Eagles scored just about every single way. Sophomore Bryce Workman scored on a 66-yard interception return with 9:44 left in the second quarter to extend Central’s lead to 22-0. Late in the game, Jordan Young scampered 79 yards on a fumble recovery for the score.
Boyd County, now 0-6, had five turnovers – three interceptions and two fumbles.
The Lions notched two scores late in the first half and in the beginning of the third quarter on a 10-yard reception by Tyler Blevins from Billy McCoy and an 8-yard run by Tanner Edmonds, but the damage was already done as they still trailed 35-14.
Johnson Central kicker Tyler Pack, who tied a state record with a 58-yard field goal earlier this year, just missed on a 60-yard attempt with 2:54 left in the first half.
The Golden Eagles churned up 333 yards rushing on 32 carries. They also worked on their passing game, as quarterbacks Zach Gound and Workman combined to complete 6-of-9 attempts for 90 yards.
On defense, Truman Salyer had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Matney said while his team has played many minutes with a running clock, he expects that will end Friday when his team travels to Ironton next week.
“We’ll have our hands full,” he said. “[Ironton] is a tough place to play, and we’ll have to play our best football to win.”
Boyd County had just 58 yards rushing, and McCoy completed 10 of 16 passes for 65 yards.
The Lions return to action Friday playing host to Ashland.