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D9 1A Boys: Johnsonburg Uses Balanced Attack to Race Past Northern Potter

Johnsonburg's Isaiah Jackson. File photo by Allison Crowe/JB Graphics.

JOHNSONBURG – No. 2 Johnsonburg raced out to a 31-3 lead early in the second quarter on its way to a 66-34 win over No. 7 Northern Potter in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals.

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The No. 2 Rams (18-6) had six players scored between six and 12 points, as Isaiah Jackson had 12 and Luke Zimmerman 11 to lead the way.

“It feels great,” said Johnsonburg’s Luke Zimmerman, who scored 11 points in the win. “We’re taking it one game at a time and onto the next.”

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The Rams started the second quarter on a 11-0 in the second quarter to take a 31-3 lead. Eli Perez scored six points during the run for the Rams.

Johnsonburg ultimately took a 44-14 lead into halftime, ensuring the running clock would be in effect for the second half.

Malachi Lewis led Northern Potter (8-15) with 11 points.

Eli Perez and Eric Hoffman added eight points each for Johnsonburg, while Aiden Demay had seven and Cade Peterson six.


Northern Potter will drop down into a consolation game against DuBois Central Catholic (D9 takes five teams in Class 1A to states), while Johnsonburg has a semifinal date with Clarion on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at St. Marys Area High School.

“Clearly our motto is one game at a time, but I told them congratulations fellas, you just punched your ticket to states,” said Johnsonburg coach Cole Peterson. “Clearly our goal at the beginning of the season was to try and get to the D9 final. But I always tell them one game at a time. That’s still the goal, one game a time. We’re going to have a tough Clarion team coming, see what we have to do and try to take care of business there.”


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