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Don't push the panic button yet

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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It’s not very often that a team with four wins and 10 losses could find themselves in the thick of a conference race but that’s currently the case with Johnson County. The glorified scrimmage games are almost over and teams will be getting into the meat and potatoes of their schedules when January 2016 rolls around.
The Longhorns are currently 1-1 in conference play with a loss on the road to Elizabethton. They defeated Happy Valley at home who also is 1-1 in conference play but 9-2 overall.
The top team appears to be Sullivan East who is 1-0 in league play, 11-3 overall. After that it’s anybody’s race.
Elizabethton (4-6), Sullivan South (4-7) and Sullivan North (2-7) all have below .500 overall records. Unicoi County is 6-5 which includes a win over Science Hill. But are they a dominant team?
That’s not been the case so far.
The Longhorns will travel to Fort Chiswell to take part in a three-day tournament there which begins on December 28. They can serve notice that they too are a contender by knocking off Unicoi County at home on January 5.
They’ll follow up with a game at Sullivan South and another one at home against Sullivan North before taking on Sullivan East and Elizabethton at home on January 19 and 22 respectively.
It the Longhorns can win the first three games they can gather a ton of momentum when they take on the conference leaders in back-to-back games. 

All Tri-County Team
The Tomahawk’s All Tri-County football team will be featured in our final 2015 edition next week.  This was due to the large volume of sports involving Johnson County teams this week.
The team will be selected based on input from coaches and sportswriters from each county.
I hope you enjoy the following poem. It was written by an old broken-down Sports Editor.

The Night after Christmas Poem
‘Twas the night after Christmas
and all through the gym.
You could hear the balls clang
as they bounced off the rim.
The teams were preparing
for what it would take
to win a conference title
after a long Christmas break.
The upcoming games
will all certainly matter
so Coaches Wampler and Atwood
took care of the matter.
They spoke very little
as they prepared inside the dome,
looking at future conference games
both away and at home.
And laying their finger
on a note pad of plays
they continued working hard
for the upcoming days.
I can picture them saying
with all out of sight.
Christmas is over,
it’s back to the restless nights.