The Trojans had another successful year. I would like to thank Coach Norton, the rest of the coaching staff and all the players on another great season. Now a little history lesson. Coach Norton has been the head coach at JOCO for seven years. In those seven years the Trojans have not had a losing season. In fact Norton has led the Trojans to a 58-19 record in those seven seasons. That's a .753 winning percentage. In comparison Coach Bill Bonds had a 94-42 record at JOCO. that's a .691 winning percentage. Johnson County has not had a losing season since 2003...that's 10 straight winning seasons. The longest such run in school history. Johnson County has been blessed to have these two men leading our young men.
#5 JOCO @ #4 IRWIN COUNTY
Johnson County will travel 100 miles south to Ocilla to face the Irwin County Indians. The Trojans won the only other meeting between the two in 2006. The 2013 Indians team has a dynamic wing-T offense. They have rushed for over 3,700 yards. They have only passed for around 300 yards. They spread the rushing attack among six players. Antwuane Merritt leads the team with 937 yards. Jakryon Young follows with 924 yards and Ryan Peterson adds 548 yards. The Trojans will counter that attack with a potent offense of their own. JOCO is more balanced, however, having rushed for nearly 2,600 yards and passed for 1,300 yards. Defensively, the Trojans may have a slight edge. Irwin is giving up 18 points per game while the Trojans are giving up 13 points per game. Statistics aside this should be a great game.
JOCO 29 E.C.I. 20
The Trojans defeated E.C.I. for the second time this season. The last time JOCO defeated them twice in the same season the Trojans went on to win the State Championship. JOCO came up one touchdown short of scoring 100 points on E.C.I. this season. The final tally 94-49. The second edition was much closer than the first. E.C.I. was healthy after missing some players in the first game and E.C.I. knew what they Trojans were going to try to do this game as well. The Bulldogs were determined to stop Markel Horne from running rampant like he did in the first meeting and, for the most part, were successful. Horne finished with 72 yards on 25 carries. However, the Horne to Ronquez Harden pass connection proved to be just as effective the second time around. They hooked up 5 times for 129 yards. Harden came up big in special teams as well. He hit 3/3 extra points and had 2 punts for a 40.5 average...both landing inside the 20. In the fourth quarter with the game very much in doubt he pinned the Bulldogs on the five. That was a hole they couldn't manage to get out of. The defense also played very well. E.C.I. came into the game with two 1,000 yard rushers and the Trojans D limited each to less than 70 yards. With the exception of a first quarter 76 yard pass completion the Trojans D kept the high-powered E.C.I. Offense in check. This week the Trojans will have a new challenge...the Irwin County Indians. We need all the TrojanNation to travel down to Ocilla.
STATE PLAYOFFS - FIRST ROUND
#12 E.C.I. @ #5 JOCO
The E.C.I. Bulldogs will travel to Wrightsville on Friday for a rematch with our Johnson County Trojans. The Trojans won the first game on Ocober 25th 65-29. Both teams are coming off a loss. The Trojans lost in the region championship game to Calvary Day and E.C.I. lost to Claxton. Under the old playoff system JOCO would be the #2 seed from Region 3 and E.C.I. would be out of the playoffs. E.C.I. will have the services of fullback Michael Sutton in this meeting. Sutton leads the Bulldogs with 1,068 yards rushing despite missing a couple of games to an ankle injury. E.C.I. has another 1,000 yard rusher in James Brown. Brown has 1,059 yards rushing on the year. A huge crowd is expected at the Blue Monster to witness another edition of the huge rivalry. For those you are unable to attend you can follow the action on UStream (follow the link at the top right of this page. Hutch Ledford and announcers Jerry Howell and Mike Brinson have done a great job bringing the action to the masses this season. Also, the stats will be available during the game at the following website: 2013 Football | Johnson County Trojans | HS Game Center - Live High School Sports Scores, Statistics and News.
HOG SHOW PARTICIPANTS
If you're looking for Jerry's website here it is: September Hog Show
JOCO 34 Treutlen 13
The Trojans continued their dominance over Treutlen by racking up their 10th consecutive victory, and 14th out of the last 15, over the Vikings. The last time Treutlen defeated the Trojans was in 2003 when Don Norton was the Treutlen head coach. JOCO got on the board first when Keith Hall rumbled 56 yards to paydirt. Colby Price added the extra point. Treutlen would answer shortly thereafter to knot the score at 7-7. That score remained until, with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter, Michael Taylor hit Markel Horne for what turned out to be a 25 yard touchdown pass. Early in the fourth quarter JOCO would be the game away with two touchdowns in a span of 14 seconds. Keith Hall ran in from 32 yards out and Michael Taylor hit Markel Horne from 24 yards out after Treutlen fumbled the kickoff. The final JOCO score game on a 44 yard pass from Taylor to Ronquez Harden. Treutlen added a late touchdown to make the final score 34-13. Keith Hall led the Trojans with 126 yards on 10 carries and Michael Taylor added 96 yards on 11 carries. Taylor also completed 10-16 passes for 158 yards. Markel Horne caught 5-75 and 2 touchdowns and Ronquez Harden caught 4-77 and 1 touchdown. Next week the Trojans will travel to Twin City to face our old nemesis E.C.I. It should be a great game.
JOCO at Savannah Christian
In what is, by far, the biggest game of the year the Johnson County Trojans will travel to Savannah for the second consecutive week to face the Savannah Christian Raiders. Savannah Christian is 2-0-1 on the season. Savannah Christian plays their home games at Garden City's Westside Stadium. The address is 150 Wheathill Road, Garden City, GA. If you can't make it to the game you can watch on UStream, just click the UStream link to the right. Also, the stats will be available during the game at the following website: 2013 Football | Johnson County Trojans | HS Game Center - Live High School Sports Scores, Statistics and News.
JOCO 26 SCD 6
The Johnson County Trojans pushed their record to 4-0 for the second straight year with a 26-6 win over Savannah Country Day. The Trojans defense played well from the outset but it took the offense a little while to get going. SCD started the scoring with a 31 yard field goal. The score was set up by a high punt snap that set the Hornets up at the JOCO 14. JOCO would answer with two touchdowns late in the second quarter. Michael Taylor went 69 yards for the first score. The second score came on a Taylor to Ronquez Harden 2 yard pass. An SCD fumble set up this score. In the third quarter Michael Taylor went 48 yards for a score to give JOCO a little breathing room at 18-3. SCD answered with a 29 yard field goal to cut the score to 18-6. JOCO drove back inside the ten but was unable to score. However, the Trojans managed to get a safety to run the score to 20-6. The final score of the game came on a 48 yard run by Taylor in the fourth quarter. Taylor finished the game with 209 yards rushing on 20 carries. The Trojans will travel back to Savannah to face the Savannah Christian Raiders this week.
JOCO 20 PORTAL 13
JOCO got their first test of the 2013 season this past Friday. Portal did something that the previous teams could not...got in the endzone against the Trojans D. Portal took a 7-0 lead into the halftime lockerroom. In an effort to change things up the Trojans came out in the second half wearing different pants...strange but it seemed to work. The Trojans defense stuffed Portal after the second half kickoff and Markel Horne went 57 yards on the first play from scrimmage for the Trojans. A celebration penalty forced JOCO into a two point try which was unsuccessful and Portal still led 7-6. JOCO scored the next time they had the ball to take the lead at 12-7. However, with just over 5 minutes remaining Portal scored to regain the lead at 13-12. In what could be the most important drive of the season the Trojans went 60 yards in 9 plays and scored the winning touchdown with 2:40 remaining in the game. Markel Horne rushed 15 times for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. JOCO, now 3-0, will travel to Savannah next week to face the Hornets of Savannah Country Day.
JOCO 43 TWIGGS COUNTY 0
The Johnson County Trojans picked up win #2 on Friday night against Twiggs County. The Trojans defense was stingy once again but the Trojans offense shined as well. The Trojans put up 27 points in the first quarter. Ronquez Harden got the scoring off to a fast start. Just 18 seconds into the game he ran a fumble back 16 yards for a touchdown. Colby Price made it 7-0 with the PAT. Michael Taylor picked up the second score of the night on a 6 yard run. Less than two minutes later Markel Horne went 52 yards for a score. A Colby Price kick made it 20-0. The final score of the first quarter came on a 30 yard Horne run. The Price kick made it 27-0. Colby Price added a 27 yard field goal early in the second quarter and Keriyon Smith ran 37 yards for a touchdown to end the halftime scoring, JOCO 37-0. JOCO added one more score in the third quarter. Michael Taylor hit Wes Jackson for a one yard touchdown pass. The PAT by Price was not good and the score was 43-0. This is the way it ended. The Trojans will host Portal this week.
JOCO 40 JENKINS COUNTY 0
The Trojans and War Eagles met up at Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern for the season opening game for both teams. JOCO had revenge on their minds after Jenkins County defeated the Trojans in the region playoff game last season. JOCO got the scoring started early. On their first two possessions the Trojans got two touchdowns. The first on a 13 yard run by Keriyon Smith and the second on a 28 yard run by Keith Hall. Both conversions failed and the Trojans led 12-0 after one quarter. The Trojans continued the scoring with touchdowns on the first two possessions of the second quarter. Michael Taylor hit Markel Horne on a 22 yard pass for the third score and Horne ran in from 6 yards out for the fourth score. The halftime score was 26-0. After two possessions in the third quarter the Trojans had two more scores. Taylor ran in from 9 yards out to make the score 32-0 and Taylor hit Ronquez Harden from 9 yards out to make the score 40-0 with 8:50 left in the third quarter. At this point the Trojans started mixing in some younger players. The fourth quarter was played under the mercy rule. JOCO will next play at home on September 6th against Twiggs County.
JOCO 26 WILCOX 0
The Trojans defeated Wilcox County 26-0 in their scrimmage this past Friday. Johnson County got on the board first when Michael Taylor ran in from 4 yards out. Colby Price kicked the PAT. After a couple of unsuccessful possessions the Trojans took over at midfield with about 1 minute left. Ronquez Harden made a great diving catch in the endzone as time ran out to give JOCO a 13-0 halftime lead. Each team left their starters in for one more possesion before the JV took over. The Trojans JV drove 81 yards to add another score. Courtland Fountain hit Mike Stephens in the back of the end zone from 12 yards out to make the score 20-0. After a strong showing by the JV defense the Trojans JV offense took over at the 45. On the second play Courtland Horne ran in from 27 yards to make the final score 26-0. Complete stats for this scrimmage and all future games can be found here: 2013 Football | Johnson County Trojans | HS Game Center - Live High School Sports Scores, Statistics and News. The Trojans will travel to the campus of Georgia Southern on Saturday to face the Jenkins County War Eagles. Kickoff is 5:00.
2013 JOCO SCHEDULE
|8/16||Wilcox County (scrimmage)||Rochelle||26-0|
|8/24||Jenkins County (Ga Southern)||Statesboro||40-0|
|9/20||Savannah Country Day||Savannah||7:30|
JOCO JV SCHEDULE
|9/19||East Laurens||East Dublin||5:00|
JOCO MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE