Junction City buckles up for 7AA-East Conference

Harmony Grove provides a challenge the Junction City didn't get in three easy non-conference victories. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Junction City Dragons open conference play at home tonight against the Harmony Grove Hornets. The Dragons enter the contest with a 3-0 record. Harmony Grove is 1-2 on the season.

The Hornets have shown signs of improvement. Their passing game has steadily improved and they can move the ball on the ground with running back Nick Green leading the way. In a 35-26 loss to Fouke, Green rushed for 162 yards on 15 carries.

Junction City is once again a run-dominated team. Seniors Brannin Carter and Maurice Moore lead the Dragons attack. Carter has rushed for 332 yards and scored eight touchdowns while touching the ball only 34 times. Moore has 296 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. They are running behind a line that is made up of Charlie Honza, Justin Cole, Jahi Jones and Koby McKinnon. All have started for the last three years and provide a ton of experience for the Dragons.

The Dragons are throwing the ball more. Senior quarterback Drew McKinnon has shown that he can pass effectively enough to make opposing teams respect Junction City's aerial attack. McKinnon's favorite target is his cousin, Koby.

Coach David Carpenter knows that things are going to get tougher after a relatively easy non-conference slate. "Harmony Grove will not come in here and lay down. I promise you that. Coach (Joe) Beasley will have them ready for us. We have to step up and be more focused. Our first three games, we have gotten to where we lose our focus. You cannot afford to do that against some of the teams in our conference, especially Harmony Grove."

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