Johnson County played in their third and final scrimmage of the pre-season early last week, taking to the road against the Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers in what largely became a skills contest. Unlike earlier scrimmages against Cherokee and Volunteer, the match-up against Daniel Boone was much less formal, only going a few plays at a time and involving numerous switches in the lineup between varsity and JV players. Ultimately coming up short two touchdowns to one, Coach Don Kerley seemed glad that his team remained competitive throughout the evening but attributed the loss to the relative inconsistency.
It was a controlled scrimmage and we didnt really go by yard markers, Kerley said. We went 10 plays. They turned it over two or three times. I think that even though they got us 2-1 on the score, if we were playing a regular game with the yard markers and everything else, that it might have been different.
Regardless of the final outcome the Longhorns still did a great job on the field, especially considering the size difference between the two schools. While the Trailblazers are used to playing tough games against regional powerhouses like Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett, the scrimmage gave Johnson County a valuable practice run before facing their own challenges in teams like Tennessee High and Sullivan South.
Boone is a well coached team, Kerley said. They are fundamentally sound and it is great for us to get to go play them. They are probably the best team fundamentally that weve played. We tried to get some bigger schools to play against so we can get used to playing technique football.
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