For the first time, the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team is headed to a second consecutive postseason berth in Division IV.

For the first time, the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team is headed to a second consecutive postseason berth in Division IV.

The Johnnies will be making their sixth postseason appearance, with all before last season (2002, 2006-08) coming in Division V.

"I'm excited for the kids," said coach Mike Carter, whose team was 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the MBC before playing Northridge on Oct. 26. "Every team sets the goal of making the postseason and it's great when you get to accomplish that goal. Getting the privilege to play in the state playoffs is something they will always remember."

Last season, the Johnnies lost to eventual champion Creston Norwayne 59-28 in a Division IV state semifinal. It was the program's first state semifinal appearance.

Johnstown won its first regional title by defeating Coshocton 27-24 in the Region 15 final. The Johnnies defeated Ironton 34-7 in a regional semifinal and Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 42-21 in the opening round.

"Many of our players were there last season and they learned how much hard work can pay off," Carter said. "They have come together as a team and know that if you work hard, you will have the opportunity to leave a legacy at the school and with the program."

The Johnnies defeated visiting East Knox 31-21 on Oct. 19, as sophomore running back Cody Farley rushed for 147 yards with a 5-yard touchdown on 32 carries and senior quarterback Tyler Thompson ran for 99 yards with a 1-yard touchdown on 23 carries.

Senior fullback Adam Carter added 34 yards rushing and touchdowns of 11 and 4 yards on eight carries as all 296 yards for the Johnnies came on the ground.

Through nine games, Farley had 1,169 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 200 carries, Thompson had 887 yards with 13 touchdowns on 117 carries and Adam Carter had 441 yards and six touchdowns on 84 carries.

Senior linebacker Corbin Grassman led the team with 85 tackles and four sacks, and junior defensive lineman Clayton Bullard had 74 tackles. Senior defensive back Nick Sadinsky had 68 tackles and four interceptions, Thompson had three interceptions as a defensive back and senior linebacker Daniel Mark Almendinger had 50 tackles, one sack and three fumble recoveries.