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June 30, 2014

2014 Johnston Team Preview

FREE!  The excitement level is getting higher and higher for the 2014 football season. Iowa Preps continues our team previews and takes an in-depth look at Johnston in this article. See who they have returning and what our thoughts are on the team now!

Head coach: Brian Woodley
Class: 4A
District/Conference: 2
Assistant Coaches: Rod Wiebers, Brian Lutter, Brent Ksiazek, Zac Christensen, Tony Kruse, Zach Guyer, Mike McCune, Derek Flack, Hunter Warne, Brian Benson
2013 Record: 5-5
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Overview

Johnston heads into the 2014 season hoping to improve off of the five games that they won a year ago and really showcase what they can do on the gridiron. Jordan Weddington has moved out of state and his presence will be missed after rushing for over 1,000 yards. An elite wide receiver in Andrew Heuss will make a life easier for a new quarterback stepping in. Mike Mahanna's graduation will leave that spot open heading into 2014. The defense will be anchored by a potential Division I defensive end Hezekiah Applegate. This 6-foot-3, 255 pound standout racked up nineteen tackles for loss and made some huge plays for his team over the year. Jack Bergstrom , Karl Rasmussen, and Nolan Wengert are three defenders that will make a bigger impact as well.

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Returning Offensive Starters

Logan Beguhn OL, Tom Dusen OL, Dane Beery OL, Alex Beltrame OL, Jared Seay WR/RB, Andrew Heuss WR, Regen Siems TE

Returning Defensive Starters

Hezekiah Applegate DE, Boris Petrusic DL, Troy Tigges DL, Karl Rasmussen OLB, Jack Bergstrom DB, Jonathan May DB, Nolan Wengert DB, Tommy Zinselmeier Kicker/Punter

Other to Watch

Grant Collison RB, Reid Sinnett QB, Mark Johnson WR, Clayton Holcomb LB

Team Strengths

We return 15 starters from last fall and will have key skill and most upfront starters with 4 starters back on O-line and 3 back on D-line and 3 starters back in secondary. Also return kicker and punter Tommy Zinselmeier.

Questions Marks

Will have new Qb on offense in Reid Sinnett and also need to replace the departure of Division 1 athlete in Jordan Weddington at RB who rushed for over 1,000 yards in both his sophomore and junior seasons. On defense need to fill departure of both starting inside backers Brandon Sexton who was 3 year starter and an All Stater in class 4A along with Zach Brandt who will play college ball at Morningside.

Final Remarks

I would say we are very anxious to get back on the field this Fall 2014 as the kids have worked extremely hard to this point heading into summer workouts. We return a lot of experience that competed 10 games last year and hoping that experience plus the addition of a very good group of sophomores who bring not only talent but give us some depth in areas that will make us a much better team. We are looking forward to the challenge of competing against some very good football teams this fall!


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