By Sean Lynch
Section 9 Football Insider Staff
GOSHEN — Minisink Valley quarterback Ryan Johanson is motivated by the people who overlook him; he thrives off it. He knew lots of people had their eyes on their matchup with Burke Catholic and made the most of it with a 41-6 victory.
“Today was one of the better games of my career,” Johanson said. “I give a lot of credit to my teammates today. The offensive line did a great job giving me time to throw and our receivers made some big plays.”
He went 17-of-18 for 303 yards with five touchdowns, completing 16 consecutive passes at one point. Minisink Valley (3-0) got ahead of the Eagles early, scoring on three consecutive drives and taking a 35-0 lead into halftime. Three of Johanson’s four first half touchdowns were to 6-foot-3 junior John Mack.
Johanson and Mack are developing quite the chemistry on the field. Mack leads Section 9 with eight touchdown recptions.
“Ryan (Johanson) and I are practicing every day together and it’s paying off on the field,” Mack said. “He threw me some high balls and I was able to use my height to my advantage and make some big plays.”
Burke Catholic (2-1) was held to negative nine yards in the first half, including a botched snap that resulted in a loss of 21 yards.
“Today was a good game for us to judge where we are as a team, before we start league play,” Burke Catholic coach Aaron Hasbrouck said. “We’ll watch film and see things we can improve on and use today as a learning experience for the rest of the season.”
Burke Catholic sophomore quarterback Jackson Hoovler was held to three completions for 31 yards. Senior running back Solomon Hemingway was held to 17 rushing yards after combining for 280 yards the first two weeks.
Sean Savacool and Anton Juncaj added touchdowns for the Warriors.
“I’m really happy to see their hard work pay off,” Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher said. “No matter where we practice or what we practice these guys bring the same intensity. “This is a really special group.”