By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Time was not on Johnson Countys side at Happy Valley on Thursday. The middle school Longhorns were dealt a 20-12 setback by Happy Valley in a contest that left head coach Matt Bray shaking his head.
Johnson County had picked up a first down and was within 21 yards of scoring a potential tying touchdown with 1:23 remaining in the game. Instead of stopping the clock to move the chains the time kept ticking off. The Longhorns were finally forced to call their last timeout with 34 seconds remaining in the game.
We thought the clock stopped to move the chains, said Bray. You try not to say anything but thats why the time needs to be kept on the field. There were a lot of emotions and a lot of things going through the players minds and that might have affected the way we played. Our kids played with a lot of heart and they played hard. But in the end it just wasnt in the cards for us to win.
It was a gutsy performance by Happy Valley who dealt the Longhorns their first loss of the season before a vocal crowd on Warrior Hill.
Johnson County drew first blood on Jared Kimbles 50-yard touchdown run to go up 6-0.
Happy Valley tied the game with 2:18 remaining in the half on a 4-yard touchdown run by Will Tittle.
Johnson County threatened to retake the lead just before the half ended but time ran out on them after they had driven to the 3-yard line.
The Warriors were able to get on the board first in the third period. Jordan Campbells 14-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion gave them a 14-6 advantage. But Johnson County fought back to make it a game.
Stacy Greers 1-yard touchdown plunge got them within two at 14-12 during the third quarter. But a 53-yard touchdown sprint by Campbell early in the fourth quarter would be too much for Johnson County to overcome.
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