By Tim Chambers
Citizens Bank Stadium was the perfect setting for an entertaining junior varsity game between Johnson County and Elizabethton on Monday. The teams battled their butts off with Elizabethton taking a 29-22 overtime victory.
It was an evenly matched contest that wasn’t decided until the final play of the game. Caden Arnold made a gusty lunge for the pylon but was stopped just inches short of a game-tying touchdown.
“I thought our kids played hard, especially Troy Arnold,” said assistant coach Craig Cox. “He left it all out there on the field. Troy played his heart out tonight. We just gave up too many touchdowns.“
Troy did play well and so did several other Longhorns, including his brother, Caden.
Elizabethton got on the board first by way of the big play.
Jaxton Holly hit Keelan Hall with a 35-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead after his extra point kick.
It stayed that way until the second quarter when one big play swung the momentum Johnson County’s way.
Elizabethton was driving for what appeared to be another score, but Jared Kimbell intercepted a pass and returned it 73 yards to the nine.
Caden Arnold would score from seven yards out, making it 7-6 after the missed two-point conversion. It stayed that way until early in the third quarter.
Kimbell had a strong run of 23 yards and Zach Eller reeled off a 13-yarder.
Kimbell’s 14-yarder led to Troy Arnold’s eight-yard TD run to make it 14-7 after his two-point conversion run at the 6:23 mark.
Elizabethton continued to use the big play to stay in the game.
Holly connected with a streaking Evan Carter for a 71-yard touchdown pass two plays later. Holly’s PAT tied the game at 14-14.
The Longhorns regained the lead on the final play of the third period.
Logan Potter sprinted eight yards for a touchdown, then scored the two-point conversion.
Johnson County led 22-14 heading into the final period.
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