(Johnson) -- While Johnson-Brock is a perfect and dominant 6-0, it’s their final two weeks that will likely tell the tale of their season.
The Eagles open this two-week gauntlet with a trip to Meridian (5-1) on Friday evening in a Class D2 District 1 showdown.
“They’re really big, and from what we hear, they’re really physical,” Johnson-Brock coach Mitch Roberts told KMA Sports. “They like to run the ball, and that’s not really something we’ve faced this year. They’re your classic toss left, toss right, trap and play-action pass type of stuff. I’m excited to see what our guys can do against a team that runs a totally different style.”
No matter what the style this year, Coach Roberts’ team has handled their business. In their six wins, they’ve scored an impressive 404 points. Leading the way on the offensive side has been efficient senior quarterback Cole Fossenbarger.
Fossenbarger has no shortage of options to turn to with junior receiver Ty Hahn, senior running back Dylan Rowe and sophomore receiver Kaden Glynn.
“Cole’s kind of dished the ball out to those guys,” Roberts said. “I think he has 24 touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. He just does a great job distributing the ball to those guys.”
While the offense has been electric, the defense has also been dominant. The Eagles have allowed no more than 18 points in their six wins, have pitched two shutouts and are giving up just under 10 points per game.
“I have to give it up to our defensive line,” Roberts said. “(Seniors) Shane Westhart, Seth Moerer and Wyatt Volker – those guys and then Hawn and Glynn at linebacker have played really well. We like to shut down the run game and force them to pass. We’ve got some pretty athletic defensive backs that are playing really well for us.”
For Coach Roberts – the younger brother of Shenandoah coach Brett Roberts – this is the first of two big games in a six-day span for his team. Next Thursday, they welcome undefeated Falls City Sacred Heart. But first thing is first – Meridian.
“We’re going to have to shut down their run game,” Roberts said. “They’ve had success in every game they’ve played running the football. Our five or six guys – at times – will have to shut down their run.
“And a lot of it is going to come down to special teams. Being able to flip the field with a good return or a good punt will be key.”
Kenny Larabee will have reports from Meridian on Friday evening during the Red Oak Chrysler Football Connection Show. Hear the full interview with Coach Roberts below.