Johnson County Central tailback Josh Bailey would rather run you over than make you miss

Johnson County Central tailback Josh Bailey would rather run you over than make you miss
Johnson County Central senior Josh Bailey rushed for 323 yards and six touchdowns in the Thunderbirds, 41-6, win over Yutan last Friday. (Photo Courtesy: Bob Jensen / Huskerland Prep Report)

TECUMSEH – A freshman, sophomore, three juniors and a senior are paving the way along the offensive line for senior running back Josh Bailey to run for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns in just four games for the Johnson County Central football team.

Center Roberto Borboa, guards Sean Golden and Simon Rother, tackles Hunter Clifton and Aldo Reyes, and tight end Tucker Liberty helped Bailey rush for 366 yards in their season opening loss to North Bend Central, 56-34, on Aug. 24.

Last week, the guys upfront – averaging 272 pounds – cleared the way for Bailey to carry the ball 20 times for 323 yards and six touchdowns and the Thunderbirds evened their record at 2-2 with a victory over Yutan, 41-6.

Third-year head coach Gabe Meints says, along with a newly constructed offensive line (replace three starters from last season), Bailey’s success on the field is due to his work ethic and passion for the game of football and for Johnson County Central High School.

“What you’re seeing on the field right now is a culmination of everything that he’s put in the last few years here. He hasn’t missed a day in the weight room the last two seasons. The only time was when he got invited to the “Down Under Bowl” in Australia, which was a great experience for him.”

Huskerland Preps ranks the 5’10”, 210 pound back as the #13 senior in Class C2. The “no-nonsense runner” rushed for 1,106 yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago.

Publisher Bob Jensen emphasizes Bailey’s toughness that makes him an all-state caliber player and probably one of the more underappreciated prep football players in Nebraska.

“The kid works his butt off. He expects those around him to work their butts off. Frankly, his very presence, even if he didn’t carry the ball, has elevated the JCC program over his time there.”

The Thunderbirds, with a goal of being the first team in school history to win five games, host Conestoga in Tecumseh on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will air live on Today’s Best Country, B103 (103.1 FM, and

Conestoga at Johnson County Central

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Johnson County Central High School, Tecumseh

Radio: 103.1 FM, and

Nebraska City at Lincoln Lutheran

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM,

News Channel Nebraska Scoreboard Show

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Radio: 103.1 FM, and

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