By TIm Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
That old saying, the third times a charm, proved false inside of Paul McEwen Stadium on Thursday. Chuckey-Doak shut out the Junior High Longhorns 14-0 preventing them from reaching their third consecutive Little Watauga Conference championship game.
Johnson County was held to only 71 yards total offense and never made it inside the red zone. Head coach Matt Bray felt like the teams lack of experience might have caught up with them.
Were a young team and people forget that sometimes, said Bray. This is the first time that weve lost to them or Unaka since Ive been coaching. Both of them are going to be in the championship game because this thing runs in cycles. This is a regrouping year for us so its now all about pride. Weve still got some big rival game left.
The Black Knights marched 58 yards on their first drive to get on the board first.
Christian Cutshaws 27-yard touchdown run came at the 5:04 mark in the opening quarter.
Chuckey-Doak added a 2-yard plunge by Nick Jennings to go up 14-0 before intermission after Ethan Palazzos conversion run.
Johnson Countys defense played lights out from that point.
Troy Arnold made a great defensive stop by stripping the football and recovering it at the six-yard line on what appeared to be another C-D score. He also had their longest run from scrimmage at 17 yards.
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