High school football preview: Johnson City


For a second-straight day in our high school football previews, we see a team that’s transitioning from one class to another.

Today, we take a look at the Johnson City Wildcats as they look to pounce on the new competition they’ll face in Class B.

“I just want to show people what Johnson City football is. Win games, be classy, maybe win a section championship. Who knows,” says Wildcats Quarterback Jake Harding.

Johnson City wants to win, and they want to win the right way.

This season, JC left the ranks of Class A and will play in the incredibly difficult Class B.

In order for the Wildcats to produce those wins at this level, head coach Dave Robinson has a simple message for the team, constant improvement.

“We’re just looking to get better every day. Every single day. We need to win the day. We need to be better today than we finished on yesterday. And if we continue to do that all year, I’m hoping that we can peak at the right time of the year and be successful,” he said.

Well, for the Wildcats to be successful this season, they’re going to have to go through some stout new talent in Class B.

After CV week one, JC’s next five games are book ended by Maine-Endwell and Chenango Forks, with Windsor, Norwich, and Oneonta sandwiched between.

But even with a change in opponents, quarterback Jake Harding doesn’t think that his team’s mentality is any different this year.

“It doesn’t change our mentality really, because the ultimate goal is to win every game. But, it’s just different teams, different preparation, and it’ll be fun.”

The fun begins for Johnson City in a week, which gives them a few more days to fine-tune all the little details before they take the field for the first time.

Center David Kennedy likes what he’s seen so far from the Wildcats, but also know’s there’s always room for improvement.

“Right now, we’re just trying to place everything together. Our running backs are looking very sharp. Our line is starting to get better every day. That’s perfect. That’s what we want. Every single day,” Kennedy says.

Johnson City could fly under the radar for a little being in a new class.

But, if the Wildcats do place everything together, Class B could have yet another heavyweight in it’s midst.

JC’s season begins at Chenango Valley on August 31st with kick-off at 7:00 pm.

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