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Horns desperately need to knock off Claiborne Dogs

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Johnson County is hoping that the second half of the 2015 football season will be much better than the first one. Friday they’ll host Claiborne County (2-3) on Harold Arnold Field at 7:30 pm.
The Longhorns kick off the second half against a Bulldog team who knows how to put points on the board.
They have scored 40 or more in four of their five games but defense has been their problem.
After shutting out Union County 54-0 the Bulldogs have given up 49, 40, 54 and 63 points in consecutive weeks. That’s good news for the Longhorns’ whose offense showed signs of getting untracked last week in a 39-26 loss to Chuckey-Doak.
Head coach Don Kerley knows his team will have their hands full.
“What’s impressive is they can score on anybody,” said Kerley. “They put 35 on Chuckey-Doak and led them for a long time. They’ve had problems stopping people but offensively they’re very good.”
Johnson County must shore up its defense this week after giving up nearly 400 yards on the ground in a 39-26 loss against C-D.
Payton Fenner (62 tackles) is averaging better than 15 tackles per contest. He along with Samuel Icenhour and Alex Tressler will be counted on heavily as seniors to lead the defense.
Icenhour ran for 56 yards last week after gaining 115 the week before against Sullivan Central.
Cody Bailie should have an opportunity for a breakout game against the Bulldogs. His 6’3 frame could cause them some matchup problems. Both Claiborne corners and their free safety are 5’10 or under.
“We need for Cody, Samuel and Dakota to make some big plays for us,” said Kerley. “We need all our seniors too. But we also need to take care of the football and not turn it over. You want to drive the ball downfield on them because they can score quickly. I believe we can move the football. We just can’t give then any extra possessions.”

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