BY SHAWN CURTIS
While the Johnstown Generals’ financial situation is uncertain to say the least, the attitude of the team and its coaches remains the same.
There’s still football to be played.
There are still games to be won.
The team’s next task on the indoor gridiron is to tackle UIFL North Division foe Marion tonight at Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
“Everybody is understanding that we’re going through some things as an organization,” Generals coach Quenteen Robinson said. “As far as the football part, we’re just trying to stay focused and take care of what we need to take care of.”
After his return as an active player on March 30, the 33-year-old Robinson rejoined to the Generals’ coaching staff earlier in the week.
Robinson registered two interceptions on his way to being named North Division Defensive Player of the Week.
“I put the pads back on the shelf,” Robinson said with a chuckle.
The Blue Racers are also in the midst of changes on their coaching staff. Marion will play its first game under interim coach Mark Huddleston, who replaced Lorenzo Styles last week.
Styles left the post on March 30.
Huddleston was the squad’s offensive coordinator at the time of Styles’ resignation.
Marion (3-1) handed Johnstown its most recent loss on March 24 in Ohio.
The Blue Racers scored 17 unanswered points to close out the 40-19 win at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Josh Harris paces the Blue Racers passing game with 746 yards and
15 touchdowns against nine interceptions. Harris passed for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Marion’s victory over Johnstown. Boo Jackson has also logged time at quarterback this season.
He passed for 80 yards against
Johnstown in the previous meeting.
Daniel Stover is Marion’s most productive receiver, scoring six times and accounting for 230 yards on 11 receptions.
The offense only tells part of the story behind the Blue Racers’ success. A stalwart defensive front has recorded
12 sacks, placing Marion fourth in the league.
“Marion has a couple quarterbacks who are mobile and can move around,” Robinson said. “They’ve got a pretty solid defensive line. We know what’s coming, we’re just pretty much planning on doing what we need to do as far as executing our offense and defense to get the job done.”
Johnstown, unbeaten in two home contests, gave defensive coordinator Avery Hawkins his first win as head coach in a
46-30 triumph over Western Pennsylvania.
Receiver Xavier Thomas hauled in two second-half touchdown passes from Andre Coles as the Generals scored the last 24 points against the Sting.
The Johnstown defense, spearheaded by Robinson, intercepted Sting quarterback Rod Rutherford four times with Robinson picking off two passes.
William Haase also scored a defensive touchdown in the win over the UIFL North’s travel squad.
Tonight’s clash marks Johns-town’s last game at the War Memorial until May 5 when Western Pennsylvania returns to the Flood City. Two road dates at Erie – April 13 and
29 – will keep the Generals occupied between home dates.