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Johnson Central’s Dillon Preston runs with the ball in action earlier this season against Perry Central.

Defending Class 4A state champion Johnson Central continued its dominance this season as the Golden Eagles rolled to a 33-2 win over Harlan County last Friday night in district action.

The Golden Eagles stuck to their game plan and ran the ball. Johnson Central rushed for 261 yards and threw for another 67 yards giving the Golden Eagles 328 total yards of offense. The Golden Eagles only ran 17 offensive plays on the night.

Running back Dillon Preston led the way for the Golden Eagles. He rushed for a game-high 185 yards and three TDs on just five carries; he averaged 37 yards per carry. Mason Lawson followed with 49 rushing yards and a TD on just three carries.

Quarterback Grant Rice was two for two passing for 67 yards and a TD.

Preston caught a 49-yard TD pass; he finished with 234 total yards and four TDs on six total touches. Each time he touched the ball, he averaged 39 yards from scrimmage.

Zach Russell followed with an 18-yard catch.

Preston led with 18 total tackles and two sacks; two of the tackles went for losses. Mason LeMaster followed with 17 total tackles. Chase Price added 15 total tackles. Jacob Cain had 13 total tackles and Jesse McCoy added 12 total tackles for the Golden Eagles.

Lawson came up with two interceptions on the night for the Golden Eagles.

Price and Matt Crum each forced fumbles, while Crum and Cain each recovered a fumble for Johnson Central.

The Golden Eagles gave up 114 rushing yards and 15 passing yards; 129 total yards of offense.

Johnson Central gave up a safety.

The defense shutout the Black Bears’ offense.

Johnson Central (5-0) is scheduled to host district opponent Letcher Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

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