Johnson Central scored early and often in a dominating 54-7 win over Waverly, Ohio.
The win snaps a two games losing streak, where the Golden Eagles fell to North Laurel and Ironton, Ohio the last two weeks.
Johnson Central wasted no time, scoring on its opening possession.
After working down field with multiple runs by Chase Price, the Golden Eagles opened up the play book and Jacob Grimm connected with Mason Lawson who slipped out of the backfield for a 35-yard pass before being stopped at the five-yard line. Grimm finished off the drive with a quarterback keeper to make it 7-0 after the point after try (PAT), taking just 2:45 off the clock in the process.
Waverly started out strong on its opening drive on offense, too.
The Tigers connected on a big pass play for a first down early on. They followed up with a fourth down conversion later on to keep the drive alive. They kept the chains moving all the way down to the Johnson Central 18-yard line. The Golden Eagles’ defense ratcheted down in the red zone however, forcing a turnover on downs when the Tigers failed to go anywhere on a fourth down run.
Johnson Central’s second drive ended as soon as it started when the Golden Eagles fumbled turning the ball back over to Waverly.
The Tigers couldn’t capitalize on that, though as they failed on another fourth down conversion to hand the ball back over to Johnson Central.
The next drive for the Golden Eagles started with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter. Zack McCoart started things off with a first down run. Lawson broke free soon after for another fresh set of downs. Chase Price broke off another decent run to set the Golden Eagles up with a first and 10 at the seven-yard line as the first quarter came to a close.
Johnson Central capped off that drive when faced with a third and goal from the one-yard line. Once again it was Grimm who took it in for the TD and with 10:58 left in the first half it was 14-0.
Johnson Central kept up the momentum on defense, holding Waverly to a fourth and five at the Johnson Central 25-yard line. The Tigers again moved the ball down field, but couldn’t get any points out of it.
The Golden Eagles marched down field after, and McCoart again drove it in to the end zone to make it 21-0 with just over five minutes remaining in the half.
Waverly couldn’t make anything happen, and at the half Johnson Central had extended its lead 28-0.
The Tigers would eventually score in the second half, but it wouldn’t matter as Johnson Central cruised to an easy 54-7 victory.
Grimm was perfect for Johnson Central, going three of three in the air for 90 yards and one TD pass completions. He remained perfect while running the ball, with two rushes for two yards and two TDs.
McCoart led the team in rushing with 96 yards on 11 attempts and two TDs.
Lawson had 91 yards on 10 attempts.
Logan Music had 70 yards on seven rushes and one TD. He also had one interception for a TD.
Christian Barnes and Chase Price each had 68 yards.
Sawyer Crum was a perfect six of six on PATs.
Chandler Spradlin and Chase Price led the team on defense with nine tackles each.
Johnson Central (3-2) will have its Bye Week this Friday.