State football, Johnson-Brock vs. Humphrey St. Francis, 11.12.18

Johnson-Brock quarterback Cole Fossenbarger looks to pass against Humphrey SF at Humphrey Football Field on Monday.

No. 1 Johnson-Brock (12-0) vs. No. 5 Mullen (12-0), 10:15 a.m. Monday, Memorial Stadium.

Road to Lincoln

Johnson-Brock: First round—beat Pender 82-3; second round—beat Allen 76-0; quarterfinals—beat Bloomfield 73-32; semifinals—beat Humphrey SF 58-44.

Mullen: First round—beat Paxton 47-18; second round—beat Garden County 38-14; quarterfinals—beat Overton 52-36; semifinals—beat Lawrence-Nelson 36-24.

Four downs

Earning Lincoln the hard way: Johnson-Brock and Mullen had to put together gritty performances in the semifinal round to reach the final. Johnson-Brock held off a good Humphrey St. Francis team on the road, while Mullen rallied from a 24-6 halftime deficit to beat a surging Lawrence-Nelson team. Johnson-Brock is making its first state final appearance, while Mullen is back for the first time since a runner-up finish in 2004.

High-powered Bronco: Johnson-Brock could have its hands full with Lane Edis. The Mullen senior has rushed for 2,598 yards this year, including 307 against a tough Lawrence-Nelson defense. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has nearly 6,500 rushing yards for his career. Edis and quarterback Brady Gracey can also hurt teams in the receiving game.

Air raid: Mullen's bread and butter is its rushing attack. Johnson-Brock's offensive identity is in its passing game. Senior Cole Fossenbarger has thrown for a whopping 52 touchdown passes, and he has several weapons — Ty Hahn, Kaden Glynn, Dylan Rowe and Caleb Fossenbarger — he can turn to. Just as impressive, Cole Fossenbarger has thrown zero interceptions.

Stealing momentum: The Eagles and Broncos have been opportunistic on defense this fall. Johnson-Brock has forced 35 turnovers, including 15 interceptions, while Mullen has forced 20 turnovers, including 11 fumble recoveries. Johnson-Brock forced several momentum-changing turnovers in a season-ending win against Falls City Sacred Heart.


Three to watch

QB/DB Cole Fossenbarger, sr.: 2,640 passing yards, 52 passing TDs, 0 INTs, 6 INTs on defense.

WR/LB Ty Hahn, jr.: 55 receptions, 1,049 receiving yards, 22 receiving TDs, 84 tackles.

WR/LB Kaden Glynn, so: 35 catches, 808 receiving yards, 304 rushing yards, 21 total TDs, 5 INTs.

Points per game: 66.7

Points allowed: 14.9

Yards per game: 388.5

Yards allowed: NA


Three to watch

RB/CB Lane Edis, sr.: 2,598 rushing yards, 299 receiving yards, 48 total TDs, 125 tackles.

QB/S Brady Gracey, sr.: 1,052 passing yards, 15 passing TDs, 51.9 passing pct.

OL/DL Clayton Hassett, jr.: 125 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries.

Points per game: 45.4

Points allowed: 19.8

Yards per game: 384.0

Yards allowed: NA

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