Johannesburg-Lewiston Ready to Start New Playoff Streak
JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg-Lewiston football program saw its five-year playoff streak snapped a season ago.
The Cardinals, who went 4-5 in 2016 for just their second losing season since 2007, are back on the field this week for the first week of practices, looking to start a new streak this fall.
Johannesburg-Lewiston returns close to half of its starting lineup last year. But with a roster of 19 players, the Cardinals will have to avoid the injury bug.
“Staying healthy is going to be huge this year, with only 19 guys, if somebody gets hurt we’re plucking off the JV’s, who don’t have a lot of guys, so it’s you know it’s going to be one of those staying healthy you know ball control, time clock management those kind of things,” coach Joe Smokevitch said. “Limiting the big plays. That’s going to be our biggest thing, is to try to keep it simple. We might add a few wrinkles here and there, but you know, we’re just going to do what we do, and go from there.”
Johannesburg-Lewiston opens its season at former Ski Valley Conference rival Mancelona on Friday, Aug. 25.