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Black Knights slam Horns 36-8

AFTON— The middle school Longhorns hung tough with undefeated Chuckey-Doak  for a half until a critical turnover changed the game a 180. The Black Knights outscored Johnson County 20-0 in the second half en route to their 36-8 win.
The Longhorns had cut a 16-0 deficit in half during the second quarter and appeared to be driving toward another score to start the third. But a fumble recovered by the Black Knights was quickly turned into another touchdown that resulted in a possible 16-point turnaround.
“That hurt us and so did the injuries,” said JCMS’ head coach Matt Bray. “The loss to Happy Valley hurt us in more ways than one. We were already banged up going into that game and we’ve not had a chance to recover. We don’t have the depth or experience where we can lose key players. But give them credit because they had a good team. Our kids fought hard but we couldn’t stop them.”
Chuckey-Doak took a 16-0 lead before Johnson County could get on the scoreboard.
Chris Cutshaw had a 15-yard run that capped off a nine-play, 65-yard drive to open the game.
Hayden Rush’s 10-yard touchdown run appeared to put the Black Knights in the catbird seat up 16-0 after Seth Shelton’s 2-point conversion run. The Horns instead battled back with one of their best drives of the year to cut the deficit in half.
A 31-yard pass and run from Stacy Greer to Stevie Baldock was a key play in addition to Tyrone McFadden’s 17-yard reception
Jared Kimble finished it off by tossing a 15-yard touchdown pass and 2-point conversion to Chance Phillips that made it 16-8. It was early in the third quarter when disaster set in.
The Longhorns were moving the football on their first drive but fumbled it away. That led to Seth Shelton’s 36-yard touchdown run on their first play from scrimmage giving the Black Knight a 24-8 advantage.
Chuckey-Doak got a 48-yard touchdown run by Caleb West in the fourth quarter and a final one from Seth Shelton with .23 seconds remaining in the game.
 “We almost had to play mistake free,” said Bray about the game.  “I am hoping that our kids can regroup and get ready for Hampton. It’s not a playoff game but it’s always a big game for us. It’s definitely one that we want to win.”