By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A total of 16 teams took part in a two-day passing league tournament at Hampton High School over the weekend with five different counties represented. When all was done the two schools separated by the Butler Bridge would meet in the championship game.
Hampton won the title tilt behind the outstanding play of quarterback Coby Jones and receiver/running back Jerry Lunsford, but the Longhorns left with a 7-1 record and a cart full of confidence.
Sophomore quarterback Nathan Arnold erased any doubt as to who the starting signal caller would be for JCHS. Hell be surrounded by plenty of good receivers including three who played well during the event.
Cody Bailie, Samuel Icenhour and Dakota Wright made several clutch catches throughout the event. Peyton Fenner was just as impressive on defense. The quartet will be counted on for leadership.
Bailie and Icenhour, both seniors, will probably start on both sides of the ball. Wright, a junior, will likely do the same. Fenner returns after racking up over 100 tackles last season.
It didnt take long for fans to see Bailies value.
A one-handed circus catch for a touchdown on Friday was followed up with a pair of good grabs on Saturday.
Were just out here trying to prove ourselves, said Bailie on the sidelines. Weve got some good returning players and a lot of good young players. Were going to be just fine.
Bailie was the go-to guy on many occasions.
He made a clutch fourth-down catch to keep a scoring drive alive against Happy Valley. He had multiple touchdown catches in half the games and five receptions in a tight-fisted affair against North Greene.
Cody is one heck of a receiver, said head coach Don Kerley. We got a little worn down at the end, but he and Samuel Icenhour really played well. I thought that Dakota (Wright) made some good catches as did Bud Icenhour. I was really pleased with Nathan Arnold. He did everything we expected him to do as a starting quarterback. He only made one or two mistakes all day. But fatigue might have caused one of them.
Samuel Icenhours game winning catch against Happy Valley was one of three highlights of the day.
The other two belonged to Hamptons Jared Wiltshire and Dustin Crumley.
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