The Johnson Central Golden Eagles improved the record to 5-0 on the season as they dismantled Class 6A power Simon Kenton 49-11 Friday night.
The Golden Eagles fell behind 3-0 early after a 31-yard Simon Kenton field goal, but quickly took over the game as Bryce Tackett punched it in from four yards out with 4:03 left in the first. Jake Headly tacked on the extra-point to take a 7-3 lead. Johnson Central never looked back after that first score.
It stayed 7-3 until Cody Rice ran it in from 15 yards away with just eight seconds into the second quarter to extend the Golden Eagle lead to 13-3.
Quarterback Riley Preece pushed the lead farther as he called his own number with 6:52 to play before the break and push the lead out to 20-3.
Simon Kenton got on the board as Austin Hammock ran up the middle and broke away for the score with 4:42 to play before halftime. Simon Kenton scored the two-point conversion, cutting the lead to 20-11.
Simon Kenton kicked the onside kick after the TD and recovered. However, the Johnson Central defense held them to a three and out.
With 2:01 to play before the break, Dillon Preston recovered a fumble for the Golden Eagles and his effort paid off as Preece found Preston in the end zone with just 45 ticks on the clock for the TD pass. The Golden Eagles converted the two-point try to push the lead to 28-11 going into the locker room.
Johnson Central continued their dominance in the third quarter. Bryce Tackett scored on a TD run to extend the lead to 34-11.
With 1:34 left in the third, Devin Johnson, who also had a big night, ran it in from 19 yards to put the game out of reach at 42-11.
Johnson was not finished, however. Johnson’s TD run from four yards out capped off a 10 play drive that went for 99 yards, and sent the Golden Eagles on to victory 49-11.
Johnson Central had three rushers break 100 yards on the night. Preece carried the football 12 times for 102 yards on the ground and a TD. Johnson, who, had 104 yards in the second half alone finished the game with 155 yards. Cody Rice carried the ball seven times for 70 yards. Tackett finished with 123 yards on the night. Preston added 21 yards on five carries.
The Golden Eagles scored six of their eight times touching the football. The ran 59 plays for a season high 504 yards of total offense.
Johnson Central (5-0) will be back at the confines of home again next week, as the Golden Eagles welcome Clay County to Eagle Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Simon Kenton (3-3) hwill also be at home next week, as they welcome Dixie Heights for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.