Multiple Johnson Central athletes win Player of the Week

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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Johnson Central football is a perfect 10-0 at the end of the regular season and with the stats the Golden Eagles are putting up, it's hard to ignore them for Player of the Week. But the problem is picking just one player.

The Golden Eagles are outscoring opponents by 368 points this season. John Central beat Belfry 53-16 last week, forcing a running clock against the Pirates. That's the first time Belfry has been on that side of it since 2017 in the playoffs against Central.

Ryley Preece threw for a touchdown and rushed for two more while Reece Goss, Bryce Tackett, Cody Rice and Devin Johnson all rushed for one each, continuing that balanced attack the Golden Eagles have used all year.

"Obviously the run game. It is hard to stop it. Ryley (Preece) can do anything in the pocket," Andrew Clifton said, a senior offensive lineman. "He can drop dimes anywhere and if there aren't any receiver open he can take off."

"The guys up front are getting the job done. The best o-line we have had since I've been here," Preece said about his guys upfront. "You don't get to 10-0 without them. All of us backs give them credit anytime we score or get good runs."

"First time since I've been here we've been undefeated in the regular season. I feel like we are rolling right we aren't at our peak right now," Senior Running Back Devin Johnson added. "We aren't as good as we can be. But we are getting better each week."

The defense is getting the job done as well, only giving up 10.1 points per game. A large part of that is senior linebacker Hunter McCloud. The senior has two pick-six's this season, as well as a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

"You know, we don't get a lot of glory. It's more offensive guys. They are scoring the touchdowns," McCloud said about the Golden Eagle defense. "When we get the opportunity to score one, it's great for our defense. It just fires it up even more than we already are."

The Golden Eagles hope to get back to their fifth straight Class 4A state championship game. Johnson Central starts the playoffs hosting Letcher Central on Friday, November 8th.



 
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