JOHNSON – The Johnson-Brock football team had it’s lead over No. 1 St. Francis cut to 50-44 with 5:40 left in the Class D2 semifinals in Humphrey on Monday.
But the Eagles answered when quarterback Cole Fossenbarger completed six passes on a 12-play drive. It was capped with a 20-yard touchdown pass on a fade to the left corner of the end zone from Fossenbarger to wide receiver Kaden Glynn on fourth-and-ten.
The play helped Johnson-Brock punch their ticket to the school’s first ever appearance in a championship game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln with a 58-44 victory.
Third-year head coach Mitch Roberts, with a career record of 23-9, says Fossenbarger and his receivers – Glynn, Ty Hahn and Dylan Rowe – always seem to be on the same page.
“We trust their judgement in a game like that and they pulled through for us. That was a huge play. Kind of sealed the game. They’re kind of given that freedom with their play making ability and this time it worked out for us.”
Glynn, the youngest of the three receivers, is second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. The 6’1″ sophomore has caught 35 passes for 808 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He’s also rushed for 304 yards and 8 touchdowns.
According to Roberts, Glynn put on size this offseason and became a well developed player who hasn’t lost any of his speed.
“He’s been a great compliment to Ty. He’s shown a huge improvement from his freshman to sophomore year. He’s more physical. We rely on him a little bit more. He’s played really well for us and he’s exactly what we needed this year.”
He plays middle linebacker on defense and has accumulated 67 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions and a fumble recovery.
No. 2 Johnson-Brock (12-0) will play another number one seed on Monday for the Class D2 title.
Mullen (12-0), the top seed in the west bracket, qualified for their first championship game since 2004 with a 36-24 win over Lawrence-Nelson last week. Senior running back Lane Edis has rushed for 2,598 yards this year – 6,703 for his career – and 42 touchdowns.
The Eagles and Broncos kickoff at 10:15 a.m. Monday. The game can be heard on Today’s Best Country, B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com).
D2 Championship: Mullen vs. Johnson-Brock
When: 10:15 a.m. Monday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com
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