a lopsided victory in its opening game of the season, North Johnston came out with a lot of confidence as it traveled to take on Rosewood Friday night and it showed early on as the Panthers took an early lead. However, when the Eagles responded, they did so with vigor, reeling off 34 consecutive points during one stretch en route to a 41-20 victory over the Panthers.
The Panthers put together scoring drives the first two times they touched the ball as they used a punishing ground game to move down the field before senior quarterback Dallas Krob punctuated each possession with touchdown passes of 15 and 22 yards to Ben Jaramillo and A.J. Edwards.
The Eagles made some adjustments and stymied North Johnston, keeping them off the scoreboard on its next six possessions but its offensive attack, fueled by a dynamic trio of playmakers, was never slowed down.
Quarterback Cameron Helt threw for 119 yards and two scores while running for another. Marquail Almontaser hauled in seven passes for 94 yards and two scores while adding another touchdown on the ground. Mike Woodard ran for 155 yards and two scores.
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“We had that confidence from last week so we came out and were focused and hit them in the mouth a little bit,” second-year North Johnston coach Ashley Ennis said. “Once we got down and punched a little bit in the face, we didn’t respond as good as we needed to.”
Eric Simmons’ big hit on the Panthers’ Tracy Barnes was well-timed and effective as it dislodged what would have been a catch and a first down conversion for North Johnston late in the second quarter. Instead, the Panthers were forced to punt after rolling down the field for a pair of easy touchdowns on their first two possessions.
Three who mattered
Mike Woodard, Rosewood: The tailback’s quick burst through the line and ability to shed would-be tacklers racked up yards. His three-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter gave the Eagles the lead for good.
A.J. Edwards, North Johnston: The bruising fullback powered North Johnston and ran strong behind his solid offensive line. The senior ended the game with 115 yards on 13 carries and also hauled in two catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Marquail Almontaser, Rosewood: The speedster caused problems for the Panthers all night long. He caught seven passes for 94 yards including a pair of touchdown receptions, ran for 28 more and another score, recovered a fumble late in the second quarter that set Rosewood up on the North Johnston 32-yard-line for what turned out to be the go-ahead score and connected on four-of-five extra point attempts.
By the numbers
4: Number of Rosewood fumbles the Eagles recovered themselves.
136: Combined yards gained on North Johnston’s opening two drives, both of which resulted in touchdowns.
70: Combined yards gained by North Johnston on its next six possessions.
215: Number of yards Rosewood junior quarterback Cameron Helt was responsible for (119 yards passing, 96 yards rushing).