Although the Johnston football team had a down 2019 campaign, there were plenty of bright spots on the Panthers squad that emerged throughout the season.
Perhaps the biggest was junior wide receiver Thomas Zednik, who’s eight-catch, 188-yard season finale performance against PCD/Wheeler/Juanita Sanchez helped break the MaxPreps season receiving record.
The standout pass catcher finished the season with 1,288 receiving yards and a whopping 13 touchdown receptions.
Zednik’s breakout year began right at the start of the regular season, and he felt a strong campaign coming on in the dog days of summer during training camp.
“It started at summer practices. We all had a great bond this year But we just didn’t live up to our potential. We had a good game plan, we had a great new quarterback and Hunter (Remington), we had good receivers with me and Dillon (Stubbs), it didn’t work out in our record, but we had a good year.”
Zednik, who is also a starting forward for the boys basketball team, knew that he had the talent to break out this season, and thanked his teammates for helping him reach his peak performance on a weekly basis.
“I knew that I was capable of doing it, but I didn’t really think that I would get to this extreme. I had a lot of help from my teammates, the line blocked well, Hunter got me the ball, it wasn’t just a singular effort,” said Zednik.
The Panthers will now look toward the 2020 season and aim for a bounce back season.
Zednik looks forward to improving his game and carrying the momentum of a strong finish with him into his senior season.
“I just need to get in the weight room, work on my agility, my speed in order to help us get more wins and maybe even break this record again,” said Zednik. “This year was amazing though, I was really excited to celebrate this with my team.”