North Johnston is off to its best start in years, and the Panthers’ early success was highlighted by a 32-12 win over rival Princeton Friday night.
Dallas Krob ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as North Johnston moved to 3-1 on the season.
Earl Gibson and Adrian Whack recorded touchdowns for a young but improving Bulldogs (0-3) squad who did well to slow down the vaunted North Johnston ground game for most of the game.
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On fourth-and-1 on the North Johnston 48-yard line and down just 13-6, the Bulldogs rolled the dice and went for it to keep a good drive rolling on their way to a possible game-tying march down the field. However, the Panthers’ Benjamin Jaramillo found himself in the backfield at the same time as Princeton’s Cameron Jackson received the handoff and his jarring hit cut the Bulldogs’ drive short.
They said it
“I feel like the team keeps getting better,” North Johnston quarterback Dallas Krob said. “But I feel like we’ve got a lot more wins to come.”
Three who mattered
Dallas Krob, North Johnston: The going was slow early on for the North Johnston rushing attack that entered the game averaging more than 293 yards a game. Krob’s 15-yard touchdown toss to Matthew Griswold near the end of the first quarter was huge to add another dimension for the Panthers’ attack. The 5-foot-11 senior was also able to provide a little more wiggle room for his backs.
Hunter Moore, North; Johnston: Moore came up huge for the Panthers. In the third quarter, his strip of the ball and 65-yard return for a touchdown put some distance between North Johnston and Princeton. The middle linebacker then helped seal the game in the fourth quarter with an interception.
Cameron Jackson, Princeton: The 6-foot-1 senior was the football version of the Swiss Army knife for the Bulldogs. Jackson, in addition to being versatile, was also Princeton’s most dangerous weapon on the field, totaling 63 yards rushing on 16 carries, 38 yards on 1 of 1 passing and 26 yards on two receptions.
By the numbers
11: Number of seconds it took for Princeton’s Earl Gibson to bolt 62 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter.
2: Number of North Johnston defensive stands on fourth-and-short to end Princeton drives.
3: Number of touchbacks North Johnston’s Ricardo Sanchez registered for the Panthers.