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Football and hard work always go hand-in-hand

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County will open the 2015 football season on a Thursday night at home against Sullivan East but a lot of hard work must be completed between now and then.
Coach Don Kerley and his staff have been a bunch of busy beavers trying to shape things into place. They capped off two weeks of spring practice with a home scrimmage game against Happy Valley. Kerley took time to summarize what he saw.
 “Our kids played hard,” said Kerley. “But we turned the ball over way too much. I actually thought both teams did. But a lot of it was because of the extra effort our kids put forth. Those are things we must fix before our first game. But I really liked the effort that I saw from our players.”
Kerley said the team would take on a different look this fall. He also added that they’ll need to build some depth.
Gone is standout linebacker Robert Bower (120 tackles) and quarterback Warren Kerley who threw for over 2000 yards.
“We’re smaller than we were last year, but we’ve got more overall speed,” said Kerley. “We used our 10 days to try and build some depth. Peyton Fenner had a good spring and we’re counting on him to be a key player at linebacker. Gage Hampton, Bud Icenhour, Samuel Icenhour and Dakota Wright all ran the football and did well. We’re deep at running back. All of them are capable of playing.”
Sophomore Nathan Arnold took over the reins for Kerley at quarterback. The head coach liked what he saw from his young signal caller.
“When he plays well, we play well,” said Kerley. “Nathan did a good job running the offense. We’ve got twice the plays now that we did last year. He’s learning. We all are. Wright and Jason Wilson will back him up.”
The team is just one of many hats that Kerley wears during the summer. He and his brother, assistant coach Tom Kerley, have been busy trying to build a football field to host youth club games at Ralph Stout Park.
Currently the high school field is in need of some repair but getting a new playing surface might take another year according to the head coach.

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