The Johnson football team started the season with a furious 2-0 start, but all the excitement brought by the fast start quickly dispersed after an embarrassing 28-6 loss to Wagner, Friday night. With an abundance of missed tackles and dropped passes, the T-Birds beat the Jags in front of over 3,000 fans at Blossom’s Commalander Stadium. After such a disappointing loss, Johnson hopes to get back on track against East Central, Saturday night, when the two teams meet at the newly built Heroes Stadium.
Johnson’s defense seemed lacking in the game against Wagner. In the first two games, the stingy Jaguar defense, led by senior Garrett Blucher, only allowed an average of seventeen points. With poor tackling and a dropped interception by junior Garrett Hunt that would have been returned for a touchdown and shifted momentum to the Jaguars, Johsnon gave up twenty eight points, twenty one of which came in the second half. In order to pick up a ‘W’ the Jag defense is going to have to step up and play like the defense we saw in the first two games.
Based on the records of their first two seasons, these first two wins came as a sort of a shock to many teams in the district. Teams began to eye the undefeated Jags. However, after one bad game, doubts have emerged again.
“We win two games and everybody thinks we’re great, we lose one, and now everybody thinks we’re garbage,” said senior Mario Verrett. This could be the kind of motivation the Jags need in order to pick up a victory this weekend.