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Football team to be battle-tested early

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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The TSSAA reclassification shook things up in the 3-A football ranks including Johnson County’s schedule. They’ll benefit by playing six home games but the news is not all good.

The Longhorns will have their work cut out for them during the first half of the season. Two of their rival games, Hampton and Elizabethton, are on the road. They open the 2015 campaign with Sullivan East at home on August 20 and Chuckey-Doak on September 18.
The Patriots were 7-4 last season including a win over the ‘Horns at Paul McEwen Stadium. C-D was 7-4. Both teams made the playoffs.
The Bulldogs and Cyclones will be their biggest obstacles to hurdle.

The Dogs were 9-2 last season but needed a monster performance by quarterback Coby Jones to knock off the ‘Horns. He’s back this season for his senior campaign.
Elizabethton will play in their brand new Citizens Bank Stadium. The Cyclones will be tough but the graduation of Ethan Thomas, who signed with Eastern Kentucky, will definitely take some luster off their offense.

Sullivan Central (3-7) last season won’t be an easy pushover.

The Longhorns will tangle with Claiborne County in October after the bye week on September 25. The Bulldogs were 2-8 last year.
They’ll face another tough three-game skid after Claiborne County with West Greene and Pigeon Forge on the road and Northview Academy at home.
The Buffaloes were 6-5 last year and made the playoffs. Pigeon Forge ended the year at 8-4 and won a first round playoff game.
And many are expecting Northview Academy to be strong in their first year of existence.

They’ll close out the regular season with Unicoi County.

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