By Tim Chambers
If Johnson County is to make the playoff theyll have to cool off one of the hottest teams in the conference. Northview Academy invades Harold Arnold Field on Friday fresh off the heels of two impressive victories.
The Cougars (5-2, 3-1) defeated Chuckey-Doak 46-28 on Friday and West Greene 32-3 the week before. And they did so in rainy-like conditions.
Longhorns head coach Don Kerley knows his squad will have their hands full. Hes hoping they can wear down Northview and come up with some big plays.
Theyve got two very good tall receivers, a good running back and their quarterback is very athletic said Kerley. Theyve got about 80 players out but they only play about 20 of them. They play five or six kids both ways so that could be their weak spot. If we can stay with them early and do well I believe that well do okay.
Johnson County (3-4, 2-2) has played well defensively over the past two games. The first unit has allowed only three points and theyll need that type of effort on Friday to stop Northviews two-headed monster backfield.
Cade Barnes and Justin Howard scored two touchdowns apiece in the win over the Black Knights but Northviews defense also gave up some big plays.
Tanner Barkley rushed for 120 yards and Corey Starkweather added 100 at Doak but turnovers proved to be the difference. The Cougars came up with four fumbles and three were turned into scores. All three fumbles were off kickoff returns.
You always want to come up with a few turnovers in games, said Kerley. They can turn a game around in a hurry. We have to take care of the football. You cant give an offense like Northviews extra chances to score.
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By Tim Chambers