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Johnston City notches first win of season

  • Johnston City's football team takes the field Friday night.

    Johnston City's football team takes the field Friday night.
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Contributing writer
updated: 9/8/2018 11:39 PM

JOHNSTON CITY -- All-everything two-way starter Dylan Fisher summed up Friday night's Johnston City win better than anyone with one statement.

"Team win all in," an exhausted Fisher said after Johnston City won for the first time this season, 16-6, over Vienna-Goreville.

Fisher, who rushed for 139 yards on 24 carries, pinned V-G deep in its own territory, averaging 52 yards a punt on kicks of 59, 49 and 52 yards, and had several tackles from his linebacker position.

The only time Fisher came off the field was in the fourth quarter when leg cramps were the only thing that could stop the big senior.

"My leg started cramping and I had to come out; winning sure makes everything feel better," he said outside the Johnston City locker room.

After laying an egg the first half against Hamilton County the week before, Johnston City drove 44 yards on 11 plays capped off by Austin Brown's 8-yard sweep with 46 seconds left in the first quarter.

"We now have played six good quarters of football," said Johnston City Coach Todd Thomas who won for the first time as an Indians head coach.

"Last week against Hamilton County, we played a good second half, and tonight we played four good quarters against a good team. I am so proud of those guys," Thomas added, pointing to a happy Johnston City locker room.

Vienna-Goreville got on the board with 9:07 left before halftime when three-year starter Logyn Frassato capped a four-play drive with a 37-yard jaunt around the right side.

Frassato was a workhorse for former Johnston City coach Mike Rude's current team. Running from Rude's patented single-wing offensive set, he ran for 77 yards on 15 carries, and had a 60-yard touchdown called back on a holding penalty.

What proved to be the game-winning score for Johnston City came on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 6-yard run by Dallas Johnson. Freshman Austin Brown ran in the two-point conversion for the final points of the night.

Both teams were deep in each team's territory on several occasions, but fumbles and key penalties stopped them from getting in the end zone.

"Our kids played their butts off tonight," said Thomas. "We went into the game with a different game plan. We moved the quarterback under center (from the shotgun) and made some other adjustments," he added.

The only blemish on the night was the Tribe's continued trouble of taking care of the football and some costly penalties. The Indians had six fumbles but lost only one and had eight penalties for 70 yards.

"We can clean up the penalties, and we work on taking care of the ball every day in practice. We are going to continue to work on this area," Thomas added.

A hard-running trio of Fisher, Johnson and Brown racked up 248 yards on 45 carries with quarterback Dalton Frick doing a good job of managing the clock, several times letting the clock get inside five seconds before the ball was snapped.

Hoping to build on the win, Johnston City will travel Friday to Sesser-Valier/Waltonville, while Vienna-Goreville will host Chester on Saturday afternoon.