Johnny Griffice comes home as football coach for Eagles

Coaches in this day and age almost always seem to be looking for that bigger and better deal’a championship title and claim to fame. Rarely do you find one who just wants to find his way back home. Home is exactly what Johnny Griffice bargained for when he chose to accept the position of head football coach at Lohn Independent School District. “This is my old stomping ground,” said Griffice. “It’s nice to come back to a place you grew up.” A 1990 graduate from LHS, Griffice’s roots run deep in the Lohn community. He is the son of Mike and Shirley Griffice of Odessa and formerly of Lohn. His grandfather worked as the town blacksmith during his day and time. Griffice’s accomplishments at LHS certainly haven’t gone unnoticed. In 1987 and in his sophomore year, he competed along with fellow football comrades for the state six-man title and won. Even today, the goal of mirroring a season comparable or superior to that one runs high in the hopes and dreams of a young and spirited 2000 Eagles football team. A graduate of Tarleton State University, this will be Griffice’s first year working in the educational system and as a coach. In their first and only scrimmage held last Friday night, the Eagles went face to face with Moran, scoring two TDs to their two TDs. “We’ve got a real young team this year with only two seniors, four juniors, a couple of sophomores and five freshmen,” said Griffice. “However, our freshmen boys are looking really good so far.” A short team in numbers, Griffice added, “We have a couple of really good team leaders. Clinton Huth, senior and Matt Orosco, junior, are definitely the backbones to this team.” With the off-season redistricting, the Paint Rock Indians were eliminated from the new district, leaving the Mustangs from Brookesmith filling the void. Other opponents throughout the season include the Hornets from Rochelle, the Panther Creek Panthers, Richland Springs Coyotes and the Cherokee Indians. Assisting Griffice this year on defense is another native to Lohn, Alan Short. Their season opener will have the Eagles battling the Star Tigers, there at 7:30 p.m.

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