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Cyclones use passing attack to defeat Longhorns

Elizabethton's football team came into Friday night's contest with JCHS at 5-3 overall and though that record is a little uncharcteristic for the Cyclones, they wanted to prove they were an elite squad.
Their mission was accomplished last week.
The Longhorns played a solid game, but Elizabethton had too many weapons in the arsenal in a 45-6 victory over JCHS at McEwen Stadium.
The Longhorns are showing improvement, but right now sit at 0-8 overall heading into a senior night game with J.I. Burton, Va.
Elizabethton meanwhile overcame an injury to Terence Turner on the first play of the game, but three Mckinley Berry touchdown passes and a score by Landon Pearson gave the Cyclones a commanding 28-0 lead at the break.
The extra points all came from Christine Hardin, who added a 27-yard field goal later.
The Cyclones first half wasn't all great as two fumbles early that were both recovered by the Longhorns' Ryan Smith didn't sit well with Elizabethton head coach and former Virginia Tech standout Shawn Witten.
“I wasn't pleased with our start,” he said. “We put it on the ground twice in the first quarter and that was the first time we hadn't scored on our opening drive since Science Hill. I was glad with how we bounced back with Terrence out. We went to the passing game and executed well. Overall I'm extremely pleased, but I was very disappointed with our start.”
For the Longhorns, the tough times continued with two starting linemen, Tristen Hill and Scottie Tester, both going out with injuries.
Both players are freshmen and were really playing well for JCHS, but the Longhorns are still finding positives.
Ryan Mahala had his best game of the year punting, Warren Kerley continues to grow as a quarterback and Chase Kleine saw action as a defensive back.
The best thing that happened Friday night was a score late by Chris Stollings that put JCHS on the board and prevented a shutout.
“We saw some things we liked and we're playing young kids,” JCHS head coach Mike Atwood said. “We couldn't stop the passing game. We worked on it this week, but nobody else has either. We felt if we could get pressure on the quarterback we had a chance to stop the passing game. When we did get a little bit of pressure we did well, but when you give him time to throw, boy he's good.”
Atwood was very concerned about losing the two young linemen.
“Scottie and Tristen were both playing well and hopefully we can get them back before the end of the year,” Atwood said.
On the bright side, Atwood was thrilled to see Stollings get that score at the end.
“I wanted him to score and we ran a misdirection play and he scored,” Atwood said.
The Longhorns are staying positive through games like Friday's and one thing is the freshmen all the way to the seniors have come togehter on a year where more underclassmen have ever seen significant action for JCHS.
“The older kids just want to win and they want the best players in to win just like the rest of us do,” Atwood said. “The chemistry is good. The freshmen are doing their part and the seniors are doing their part to be leaders on the team.”
Friday night is senior night against J.I. Burton and the Longhorns want to go out on a positive note.
J.I. Burton is one of the best teams in Southwest Virginia, but that's not going to stop JCHS from giving its all.
“It's their last home game and it will probably be the last time they will put on football pads in Mountain City and they really want to have a good showing for their last game,” Atwood said. “That's a good football team we're playing and they should be one of the top one or two football teams we'll play all year.”
Another Longhorn note of interest is that the JCHS-Happy Valley game will be played on Thursday Oct. 27 instead of that Friday because of teacher inservice in Carter County.
Johnson County quit doing the October inservice several years ago, but Carter County still acknowledges it.
STATS FOR JCHS
RUSHING: Patrick South 18-60, Luke Poteet 4-9, Jordan Grubb 7-23, Warren Kerley 4-(-8), Lucas Henson 1-0, Chris Stollings 3-12, Chase Kleine 2-6.
PASSING: Warren Kerley 4-12-0, 43 yards; Chris Stollings 0-1-0, 0 yards
RECEIVING: Skylar Reece 1-8, Timmy Bellamy 2-24, Chris Stollings 1-11
PUNTS: Ryan Mahala 4-30.2 avg.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Ryan Smith 2, Seth Little
TACKLES: Timmy Bellamy 8, No. 55 2, Ryan Smith 5, Chris Stollings 5, Seth Little 5, Skylar Reece 2, Ryan Mahala 1, Jimmy Morefield 4, Craig Jennings 1, Chase Kleine 1, No. 28 1.