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Johnsonville confident they can tame Tigers in rivalry game

By Walker Gamble | Johnsonville Contributor

Johnsonville travels to Hemingway on Friday hoping to end a three-game skid against their crosstown rivals. The Flashes last beat the Tigers September 18th, 2015 when Johnsonville outscored their rival 49-13. Both teams are excited for Friday night’s game, and at 0-2, both teams think they can take home the win.

Despite an 0-2 start to the season, the Flashes are still a confident team. The Flashes have already played two of the hardest teams on their schedule in Marion and Lake View. Since both games were tightly contested the Flashes believe they should not be hanging their heads. 

Johnsonville’s game plan against the Tigers is simple. Defensively they know they need to prevent deep passes. The Flashes have been hurt by long passes in each of the past two games. Johnsonville has made protecting against the deep ball a point of emphasis in practice, especially since it’s such an important part of Hemingway’s offensive attack. 

Offensively the Flashes have focused on going back to the basics, and doing the simple things well. Simple things like not turning the ball over and staying on their blocks. In the first two games of the season the Flashes turned the ball over a total of six times. The return of speedy Wide Receiver Tyraun Chandler (from injury) should help give the Johnsonville offense the boost they’ve been missing.

Hemingway has endured their own struggles so far this season. The Tigers have been outscored 107-0 to open the year. They lost to perennial Class A powerhouse Lamar 54-0 in week 0, and then dropped a road contest 53-0 to 2A foe Andrew in week 1.

 “I am very confident that we will beat Hemingway,” said Johnsonville middle linebacker Branden Coles. “We have been practicing day in and day out ,and have gotten better as a team. As long as Johnsonville plays Johnsonville football we will win”. 

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