No one loves to watch a game in the soaking rain, but the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team loved to play in the steady downpour.

Brad Couts rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries Friday to lead the visiting Johnnies past Northridge 28-0 in the regular-season finale.

"Before the game when the kids were down in the end zone stretching, they were rolling around, splashing in the mud and having fun," said Johnstown coach Mike Carter, whose team finished the regular season 8-2 overall and won its second consecutive outright MBC title by going 7-0 in league play. "I told them before the game that they were lucky to be able to play in great football weather like this and to have it come against their rival on the final game of the regular season. It's what football is all about."

The Johnnies were fourth in Division V, Region 19 before the win over Northridge and secured a playoff berth with the victory. They will likely play a first-round home game against an opponent to be announced today.

The Johnnies had touchdowns on their first two possessions with Couts scoring on runs of 22 and 35 yards. The first came with 10 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter and the second with 2:37 left in the opening quarter.

"You've got to love weather like this," said Couts, who had 12 carries for 107 yards in the first half. "We came out pumped up and ready to play, especially the (offensive) line. They were opening up big holes and it was like a running back's dream."

The Johnnies had 354 total yards, all coming on the ground on 49 carries. They had 209 yards rushing on 24 attempts at halftime.

"They're a good football team and they won the battle up front," said Northridge coach Tim Priest, whose team finished 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the MBC.

Couts scored on an 11-yard run in the third quarter and Will Carter, who finished with 55 yards on 10 carries, added a 2-yard scoring run in the fourth.

Quarterback Jay Orders ran 11 times for 85 yards. He did not complete any of his three pass attempts and was intercepted by the Vikings' Justin Dague.

Northridge was led by Sean Haines, who rushed for 83 yards on 24 carries as the Vikings rushed for 144 yards on 43 attempts. Rob Harger had 71 yards on 11 carries for the Vikings before leaving the game in the third quarter with broken ribs.

Cody Bracken had a fumble recovery for the Johnnies and Kevin Randall recovered a loose ball for Northridge.

JOHNSTOWN 13 0 8 7 - 28
NORTHRIDGE 0 0 0 0 - 0
J-Couts 22 run (Benton kick)
J-Couts 35 run (kick failed)
J-Couts 11 run (Carter run)
J-Carter 2 run (Benton kick)