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Flashes reshuffle lineup after multiple injuries

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Johnsonville – Ken Cribb has been coaching football for quite a while and has been comforted with just about every type of challenge imaginable. 
Naturally during that time, he’s dealt with injuries before — but not ever quite to the extent he’s had to deal with this season.
“We’ve lost five players for the year,” the first-year Johnsonville High School head coach said. “I’ve been doing this a long time and I don’t think I’ve ever lost five players in a single year – let alone this early.
“We’ve been hit really hard by injuries, so we’re just trying to regroup.”
It’s been tough sledding for the Flashes so far this season as JHS sits at 1-4 overall and 0-1 in region play. Their first region contest was on Sept. 28 against Latta and resulted in a 40-14 loss.
It marked the third time this season Johnsonville has allowed 40 or more points and also the third time it had scored 14 points or less.
“We’re trying to move some people around and fill some spots,” Cribb said. “We were young anyway and it’s almost like starting over. It’s definitely been challenging.”
The injury list includes both of the starting running backs and has seen the top four defensive ends and the top tight ends go down for spurts as well. Connor Hanna and Carson Hanna, the top running backs, both torn ACLs in the same leg, Cribb said, while defensive end Cody Hanna is out for the year with a shoulder injury. Connor Hanna led the team with 226 yards rushing when he was injured.
TE/DE Antoine Graham also suffered a broken hand, but Cribb was expecting him back possibly in time for the Latta game.
Senior Quintaye Timmons has taken over the running back duties and has rushed for over 130 yards and has a touchdown to his credit. 
“He’s never played football before, so he’s done a good job stepping in,” Cribb said. “It’s been kind of team by committee type of deal with so many out. 
“It’s been tough but I have seen some improvement. We’re just going to stay positive, keep plugging along and try to get a little bit better each time out.”
Cribb saw signs of that against Andrews a few weeks ago. The Flashes put up three touchdowns on a defense that hadn’t allowed many to that point and it was a one-score game at halftime before the Yellow Jackets pulled away for a 46-20 victory. 
Quarterback Savion Graves has thrown for more than 300 yards and had four touchdowns prior to the Latta game. Isaiah Brown has been big at receiver with more than 200 yards and at least four scores as well.
On defense, Quentin Dorsey leads the team in tackles and tackles for loss (he had five prior to the game against the Vikings). Brandon Coles has been solid at middle linebacker all year, Cribb said, and Tyson McFadden three-plus fumble recoveries.

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