Horns dominate in Hampton Tourney
By Jonathan PleasantJust a few weeks into his new job and head football coach Don Kerley is already seeing some strong results from this year’s team. Participating in the annual seven on seven passing league tournament hosted by Hampton High School, the Longhorns dominated the field with a surprising showing by the team’s wide receivers. On the opposite end, quarterback Warren Kerley did a great job representing the varsity program while Nathan Arnold led the JV.
By the time the weekend wrapped up Johnson County had won every game they played in, making exception for one tie on the varsity level and a narrow loss by the JV when they took on Hancock County’s varsity. “The boys did really well,” said Coach Kerley. “We’re tickled to death with them. Warren played really well and Nathan Arnold played really well too. We’ve got some good receivers and they did some good things. They caught the ball really well and got a little speed. Alex Tressler has great hands, Dakota Wright did very in the passing league and Greg Roark and Cody Bailie did extremely well too. I thought we had four standout wide receivers and it’s kind of hard to cover everybody. Those guys did really well. The biggest problem is that we lack a little depth in the secondary. We don’t have a whole lot of depth as far as older guys playing defensive back. That’s rough on them the most. We’re going to have to have some of the younger guys step it up. We’ll have to see how that goes, but every high school has that problem.”
Speaking of the younger players, Kerley was impressed by this year’s group of incoming freshmen, a team that did very well at the middle school level and has the potential to bring a lot of new skill sets to this year’s roster. “That freshman class is going to be a good class,” said Kerley. “There are a lot of linemen in that sophomore and junior group, but the freshman class probably has more skill players than any class we have right now.”
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