NOTE: The Class 2A Regional Middle School Championship game will be at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Mosheim. Come out and support the Longhorns.
One down, one to go for the JCMS Football team on its quest to win a regional championship.
In opening round play of the Class 2A TMSAA playoffs Tuesday night at McEwen Stadium the Longhorns dominated en route to a very deceiving 36-16 win over Blountville.
The Longhorns actually led 36-0 and had continuous clock running when the starters were pulled.
JCMS, following two early fumbles, were very explosive on this night.
“”We got a lot of players in and we hit so hard tonight,” JCMS head coach Matt Bray said. “That was Johnson County football at its best. We executed well and once we overcame our nerves we couldn’t be stopped.
Aaron Osborne scored the first two touchdowns and at the end of the half, Warren Kerley threw a bullet to Robert Bower that Bower grabbed in the end zone.
The score was 22-0 at halftime and the Longhorns never looked back.
The defense really stepped up for JCMS as the varsity came through with a shutout.
“My defensive line, especially Jeffrey Brooks, had monster hits,” Bray said. “It was total domination.”
The Longhorn defense held highly touted running back Ethan Stewart in check and dictated the flow of the game.
Jordan Grubb and Doug Stanton added second half touchdowns.
The Junior Varsity played most of the fourth quarter, giving the varsity a much-needed break.
“The varsity boys have said can’t do it without the JV and they’re just as much a part of this team as any other player,” Bray said. “I feel like some of the boys worked harder so some of them could play in a playoff game. They wanted to get as many of the second team as they could because they care about them and I care about them too.
“To have a group like this, what a way to set the tone for the next group and the groups thereafter. They’re the next leaders at the high school and hopefully they’ll contribute to Longhorn Football in the future and that’s huge. This is not about us, it’s about the entire program.”
(EDITOR”S NOTE: For a full recap of this game, read next week’s Tomahawk.)