Football squad eyes strong finish
For the first time since 2009, the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team has four losses.
The Johnnies were 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the LCL-Small School Division before playing Utica on Oct. 18. In 2009, the Johnnies were 2-5 through seven games, but rebounded to win their final three.
"We can't hang our heads," coach Mike Carter said after a 42-21 league loss to Newark Catholic on Oct. 11. "We have to stay together as a team -- as a family -- and continue to work hard to get better."
After seven games, the Johnnies were 17th in Division IV, Region 13 -- the top eight teams reach the postseason. They have qualified for the playoffs the past two seasons and five of the past seven.
Johnstown plays at home against Heath on Friday, Oct. 25, in a league game. The Bulldogs were 1-6 overall before playing Watkins Memorial on Oct. 18.
Heath lost to Utica 59-38 on Oct. 11 despite 253 yards rushing and one touchdown on 43 carries by Jaivon Gresham. The senior running back had 852 yards rushing through seven games with six touchdowns on 146 carries.
Heath surrendered 580 yards rushing against Utica, including 471 on 22 carries by Travis Baldwin. The senior running back had touchdown runs of 90, 74, 71, 66, 53 and 10 yards.
Against Newark Catholic, Johnstown did not have a turnover in the first three quarters, but committed three in the fourth.
Green Wave senior quarterback Chayce Crouch, who has verbally committed to Illinois, rushed for 51 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries and threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Anthony Wing.
"When you play a great football team like Newark Catholic, you have to play hard every single play," Carter said. "We played well, but you have to give Newark Catholic credit because they made the plays when they needed to."
Johnstown rushed for 179 yards on 42 carries led by junior running back Cody Farley, who had 103 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Through seven games, Farley had 938 yards and 11 touchdowns on 146 carries.
Senior quarterback Josh Kirkpatrick was 9-for-17 passing for 131 yards against the Green Wave, with two interceptions and a 41-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Nathanael Ashbrook.
Junior defensive back Zack Fleming had an interception for the Johnnies.
Girls soccer team wins district opener
The fifth-seeded girls soccer team was 10-6-1 overall before playing 11th-seeded Hartley on Oct. 19 in the second round of the Division II district tournament.
Junior midfielder Becca Gordon had two goals and one assist and junior midfielder Paige Cannon scored twice to help the Johnnies defeat 15th-seeded Beechcroft 8-0 in a first-round game Oct. 16, snapping a five-game losing streak.
"I was happy with the effort we had (against Beechcroft)," coach Chris Turner said. "Sometimes we can get a little lackadaisical when we get a lead, but that didn't happen."
The Johnstown-Hartley winner plays fourth-seeded Bexley or 19th-seeded Columbus East on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in a district semifinal at the home of the higher seed. The Johnnies have not played either team this season.
The district final is Saturday, Oct. 26, at Canal Winchester against third-seeded DeSales, seventh-seeded Jonathan Alder, 14th-seeded London or 17th-seeded Heath. Johnstown has not played any of these teams this season.
The district champion advan-ces to a regional semifinal Oct. 29 at a site to be determined.
Boys soccer team falls to Big Walnut
The 12th-seeded boys soccer team finished 10-4-4 overall after losing at third-seeded Big Walnut 3-0 on Oct. 17 in the second round of the Division II district tournament.
Senior goalie Jesse Bowman had eight saves.
The Johnnies defeated 18th-seeded Marion-Franklin 6-0 on Oct. 15 in the first round, as senior forward Joey Mitchell scored twice.
Senior forward Charles Benton, junior midfielder Guillermo Morales and freshman midfielder Max Cannon all scored once and Bowman had four saves.
Benton scored twice and junior midfielder Trey Rowe had one goal as Johnstown beat Loudonville 3-0 on Oct. 12 in its regular-season finale. Bowman had four saves.
Volleyball team begins postseason
The 19th-seeded girls volleyball team was 3-20 overall before opening the Division II district tournament Oct. 19 at 10th-seeded Centennial in the second round.
The winner plays top-seeded Hartley or 17th-seeded Whitehall on Thursday, Oct. 24, in a district semifinal at Worthington Christian Middle School. The Johnnies have not played either team this season.
The district final is Saturday, Oct. 26, at Worthington Christian Middle School against fourth-seeded Granville, fifth-seeded Hamilton Township, seventh-seeded Heath or 14th-seeded Caledonia River Valley.
In LCL play, Granville beat the Johnnies 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 on Sept. 3 and 25-7, 25-18, 25-9 on Sept. 26, and Heath won 25-5, 25-13, 25-20 on Sept. 12 and 25-17, 25-19, 25-12 on Oct. 10.
The district champion plays in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Zanesville.
The Johnnies had two all-league performers. Senior right side/outside hitter Arika Sayer was named to the second team and senior back-row player Rachel Shadwick was honorable mention.
Runners compete in LCL meet
The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Division II district meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial. The top four teams and top 16 runners advanced to regional Saturday, Oct. 26, at Troy.
The girls team finished fifth (143) in the LCL meet Oct. 12 behind Granville (29), host Watkins Memorial (45), Newark Catholic (89) and Licking Valley (130) and ahead of Heath (144), Licking Heights (182) and Lakewood (194).
Senior McCalah Mast was 16th in 21 minutes, 24.52 seconds to lead the Johnnies behind champion Josie Woosley (18:45.37) of Watkins Memorial.
Sophomore Grace Mast (21st, 21:46.2) was next for Johnstown, followed by freshman Erica Cox (23rd, 21:48.28), junior Alexis Hercenberg (34th, 23:01.56), sophomore Abi LaRoche (55th, 26:28.87), sophomore Kylee Willwock (58th, 27:25.79) and freshman Anna Benton (65th, 30:41.24).
The boys finished seventh (163) behind Granville (36), Watkins Memorial (45), Newark Catholic (86), Lakewood (113), Licking Valley (144) and Licking Heights (149) and ahead of Heath (239).
Junior Kaleb Walker (24th, 18:37.02) led the Johnnies as Andrew Jordan (16:15.31) of Watkins Memorial won.
Freshman Paul Lang (33rd, 19:18.92) was next for Johnstown, followed by junior Steven Harper (35th, 19:30.09), freshman Kyle Matoszkia (37th, 19:32.96), junior Sam Wirth (38th, 19:33.59), freshman David Dennis (44th, 20:05.06) and junior Kaleb Matoszkia (45th, 20:10.28).