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JCHS athletic field poised for football season

Johnson County Longhorns fans give their best helping their team to earn a Homecoming game victory against West Green inside packed out Paul McEwen Stadium. Tomahawk file photo

By Beth Cox
Freelance Writer

After several weeks of hard work, a lot of rain, and many late nights, the JCHS football field is finally completed. Coach Don Kerley is proud of how it looks and is very grateful to so many who helped contribute to the field renovations.
The Longhorn coach states everything is done but putting up the goal posts. The players, however, won’t be on the newly constructed field until early August, but in the meantime, the Longhorns will be busy with camps, weightlifting and summer practices.
“We will be going to UVA Wise for a seven-on-seven camp, and then we head to Hampton for a two-day lineman camp. Regular practice begins July 22.”
Kerley added that the program must get these boys ready, and said, “These are good camps. The players will learn a lot and will be warmed up and set to go when regular practice starts.”
Funding for the football field did not come from the school’s budget; it was all done through gate sales, the Touchdown Club, monetary donations and the sale of banners.
The Touchdown Club is an excellent resource for anyone interested in keeping up with Longhorn football.
According to officials, the club has a Facebook page where information is available about meeting times, football schedules, and other necessary information.
Banners are still on sale and can be purchased by contacting Kerley at 423-444-9724.