By Walker Gamble | Johnsonville Contributor
The Johnsonville Flashes are eager to get back on the field after not playing for the past two weeks. Last Friday’s game against Hemingway was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian, and then the Flashes had their previously scheduled bye week the following week. Without having played a game in two weeks the flashes are especially hungry to face their rivals, the Hannah-Pamplico Raiders in their region opener.
“The key to winning the game is for everyone to keep their composure,” said Johnsonville’s linebacker/running back, Javion Thompkins. “When we let the refs or the other team get in our heads, it creates a mental distraction. If the offense of line steps up and picks up the correct blocks, our offense will get as close to perfect as possible.”
This game will be a difficult match up for the Flashes. Pamplico’s strengths are the Flashes’ weaknesses; therefore, the Flashes’ strengths are the Raider’s weaknesses. Pamplico has a powerful team with big offensive and defensive linemen. Johnsonville has a smaller but quicker team, and they have better skill position players.
The Flashes record sits at 0-2, while HP enters 1-2 after their victory 16-14 over McBee last Friday. The two teams have a common opponent in the Lake View Gators. The Flashes’ had a close game, ultimately losing 20-6, while the Raiders were blown out 46-6.
Willie Carter, Johnsonville’s center/defensive end, said “I believe the play of our defense is lightyears better than it was last year, and has a chance to be a great one” Not just Willie, but the whole team agrees that they are better than last year by a long shot.”
“If I had to better one unit, it would have to be our defensive line,” said Carter. “If we could disrupt every play like I believe we could, then our defense would greatly improve.”
The Flashes have allowed 48 points in two games combined. They hope their defense can step up and prevent those high scoring games from happening anymore this year.
The Flashes’ believe they can shut out the Raiders’ this Friday, and are confident they can win.
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