SportsHorns lose season opener Thursday night to bigger Tennessee High Vikings

In their debut home game against the visiting Tennessee High Vikings, Johnson County’s varsity football team started off strong and held their own all the way down to the half. Playing that high of a caliber opponent means that every single play can be the game breaker, and it only took a couple serious setbacks to ultimately cost the Longhorns a rare chance at victory.

That said, no one could dispute the fact that this year is already looking more promising than the last few with a strong lineup of both veteran players and talented incoming freshmen. It was a true team effort that kept Johnson County competitive throughout the first half, and much of the success was owed to the defense that prevented the Vikings from scoring at all until late in the second quarter.

The offense did equally well, with a short lead early on when Johnson County made the first leap onto the scoreboard. It was only a couple minutes later that the defensive dam finally broke, with a couple of critical mishaps that not only put Tennessee High back in the level but also one touchdown ahead.  More...

JCHS golf team is back in winning form

The JCHS Golf Team was back on track this week with at total of three matches at three different courses. Starting off at home, the Longhorns dominated the Hampton Bulldogs, 181-225 with sophomore Isaiah Penley once again taking the top spot on the ticket with a 43. Ironically, despite the overall win, it was actually a rough day for most of the players on the team, hitting at least a couple of strokes higher on average. The Bulldogs relied mainly on Stone Hutchinson, who brought in a 44, to help keep their scores down, but still came up short with several others in the top four coming in with mid 50s or low 60s.

Scores were up and down throughout the week, with possibly the biggest swings coming from Brandon Vannoy who started off with a 44 and a 40, before closing out at 48. According to Coach Steve Arnold, there are a lot of factors that come into play that make maintaining consistency difficult. “Brandon has been like the weather lately,” Arnold said about Vannoy’s fluctuations. “He shot a 48, then a 46, then a 44, then back to a 48. A lot of it has to do with the course, as some are more difficult than others. For the past 10 years our best scores of the season have always been at Warriors Path, but it is so well maintained that it is easy to score well there. We had a 39 and three 40s for a 159, then go to Buffalo and shot a 181. That is just high school golf. If we don’t miss any matches due to weather, we should be okay. We only lost to Tennessee High by 10 at Warriors, and they had beaten us by 25 at Tri-Cities. We played very well that day and actually had a chance to beat them. I was proud of their play.” More...

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