Different week … same ol’ story.
Different year… same ol’ story.
It will come down to Johnson Central and Ashland — again — for the Class 4A, District 8 title after the Golden Eagles trampled Rowan County, 59-10, on Friday night at Eagle Field.
The Golden Eagles (8-0, 3-0 district), ranked third in the latest Associated Press poll, have won six of the last seven district championships. The win secures home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
“We’re ready for a war,” said Johnson Central coach Jim Matney. “It’s that way every time.”
This week, nothing changed. Central dominated from start to finish.
The Golden Eagles raced out to a 42-10 lead at the half, scoring four times in less than one minute. Rowan County, now 3-6 overall and 2-2 district, had more than double the plays than Johnson Central (63 to 31) and finished the game with three more first downs (12 to 9).
However, Johnson Central’s running attack was lethal. Senior running back Jordan Young scored three times — from 38, 19 and 14 yards, respectively — and had 105 yards on just nine carries. Daymion Belcher led the team with 137 yards on 11 carries and scored two times, including a 69-yard jaunt in the final minute of the game.
The Golden Eagles rushed for 389 yards on just 29 carries.
Despite his team dominating the game in every aspect, Matney said he sees much room for improvement.
“I’m pleased with where we are at, but I’m also excited about the team we can be with some more work,” he said.
Central had four fumbles in the game and lost two of them. On a brighter note, the Golden Eagles’ secondary played well, holding Rowan County quarterback Devin Helvey in check. He completed just 3 of 13 passes and had four interceptions — three of them at the hands of Bryce Workman, who took one 69 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings had five turnovers in the game.
Rowan County scored its only touchdown in the first quarter when Helvey connected with Jordan Tipton on a 26-yard pass on a fourth-and-three that tied the game at 7-7.
Johnson Central kicker Tyler Pack, who broke a state record last week with a 60-yard field goal against Greenup County, booted a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Different week … same ol’ story.
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