(Johnson) -- Behind a high-flying offense and shutdown defense, the Johnson-Brock football team finds itself in the D2 State Semifinals Monday night.
The Eagles (11-0) match up with Humphrey St. Francis (11-0) in the semifinals after moving past Bloomfield 72-32 last week in the quarterfinals. The win was the third-straight game that Head Coach Mitch Roberts' team put up more than 70 points.
"I thought our defense played pretty well and gave us some short field for our offense," said Roberts. "We're able to strike pretty quickly when given the opportunity. We got the pass game involved a little bit more this game than we have recently, so that was big for us. We have some really good athletes on the outside."
Much of the offensive focus for the Eagles centers on junior wideout Ty Hahn, who has 914 yards receiving, 130 yards rushing and 28 total touchdowns on the year. Roberts credits his offensive line for making things click for a unit averaging 67.5 points per game.
"That's been huge for (Quarterback) Cole (Fossenbarger)," said Roberts. "He always has time to breakdown the defense, because he's not getting pressured or knocked down. Kaden Glynn is a really good receiver for us and Dylan Rowe does a good job too. Cole's little brother Caleb has been good too. We have some really special kids, but a lot of the credit has to go to our line who has given us time to throw."
Johnson-Brock finds themselves in the D2 semifinals after last season's late run in D1 that saw them bow out in the quarterfinals.
"I think it was a confidence boost last year," said Roberts. "We were sitting at 4-4 going into the playoffs and made a run. The kids then realized that they could do it. We saw that in summer weights and even during the school year right now in the weight room, there is a dedication to that aspect. That's been huge for us and from a confidence standpoint as well."
The Eagles will play Humphrey St. Francis Monday at 5 p.m. The Flyers have appeared in the playoffs 24 consecutive years and have won two state titles in school history.
"They are very physical and have a great run game," said Roberts. "They have some pretty big guys and a pretty shifty little running back. They are a very good football team that is well coached. They are a traditional powerhouse, blue blood program. We're going to have to play pretty well, but I like our athletes on the outside, and I think we can get the job done."
The winner of the semifinal matchup Monday will play in the D2 State Championship game on Monday, November 19th at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln against the winner of Mullen and Lawrence-Nelson.
You can hear the full interview with Roberts below.