ADAMS – For the first time in school history, the Johnson County Central football team had two rushers go for over 100 yards in a single game and the defense held Class C2 No. 10 Freeman to just 78 total yards of offense, but miscues haunted the Thunderbirds in a 12-8 defeat on Friday in Adams.
Senior Josh Bailey rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown. That brings his season total to 1,422 yards on the ground. Fellow senior Kole Keespies added 109 yards rushing, including a long of 67 yards.
“We put together some good drives with our running game and blocking up front, but we just couldn’t finish them into the end zone.” Johnson County Central Head Coach Gabe Meints said.
The Thunderbirds had a couple different chances to score in the red zone, but couldn’t take advantage to try and defeat their first ranked opponent this season.
“This was one of the most nail-biting finishes that I have been a part of as a head coach, as it came down to the last drive of the ballgame to determine the victor,” Meints said. “In the last few years, we have not found ourselves in a position like this very often, that is, making one last drive to try and come from behind to win a ballgame. Our kids showed a lot of fight to try and win this game.”
Defensively, Bailey and Aldo Reyes led the team in tackles with six a piece, and Simon Rother added five more, including 1 sack. Rother leads the team in tackles with 55.
JCC drops to 3-4 this season and will be back home Friday at 7 p.m. vis Malcolm (2-5).
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