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Beating Hampton can bring happiness, then and now

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Not rain, sleet or even snow can stop the postman from delivering the US mail.  Hopefully, neither those nor anything else will ever put a halt to the Johnson County and Hampton football series.
The two teams will battle once again on Friday, August 28 inside of J.C. Campbell Stadium. It’s the opening game for the Bulldogs who should be the favorite to win their conference despite the addition of Happy Valley and Sullivan North.
So what does this non-conference game mean to both teams?
You can throw out that old saying, “it’s for bragging rights.” To be honest it just plain feels good for Longhorn fans when you can travel back around the lake on a fall night with a win over your nearest rival.

Head coach Don Kerley and two of his assistant coaches, Tom Kerley and Bill Heck, should know. So does head basketball and golf coach Austin Atwood. They were four key components on the 1988 squad that opened the season with a 21-6 win at Hampton. That led to a banner year including their first ever 21-17 playoff win over Knoxville Webb.
Johnson County entered the 88 season with a big question mark. They had lost four linemen from the 87 squad and their entire defensive front.

This year they’ll face the same problem.
Only one starting lineman, Jake Bower, (center) returns from last season. But like the 88 squad, they’ve got some talented skill players.
The year could be a down and up year instead of an up and down year for the Longhorns. Fans should see a great amount of improvement after their first three games.
They do have six home games but the schedule is brutal.

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