By Matt Hill
The JCHS Football Team was outmatched and outplayed Friday night in Rogersville.
The Cherokee Chiefs handled JCHS easily last week in a 32-6 rout over the Longhorns at Cherokee High School.
The Longhorns will look to bounced back Friday night at home against the Hampton Bulldogs. Kickoff is at 7:30
The Longhorns were out-gained on offense 314-186 and had problems on special teams, including giving a 75-yard touchdown return to Justin House on the second half kickoff.
The score went from 12-6 to 19-6 and pretty much sent the game in a downward spiral for the Longhorns.
A lot of the mistakes that were made were because they were a better football team that night, JCHS head coach Mike Atwood said. They were bigger, stronger and faster than we were. With the kind of team we have we cant handle a lot of speed especially if they have the size and strength to go with it. Cherokee is a good football team.
The game started out tough for JCHS as the Longhorns couldnt follow up a big kickoff return by Austin Humphrey as on fourth down in Cherokee territory, the Longhorns failed to get one yard needed for a first down.
On the next possession, a penalty kept a drive alive for Cherokee and the Chiefs responded with a two-yard score to take a 6-0 lead.
I think were better than what we played, Atwood said. Well see.
The fourth down was a big play, but after going back and watching it they werent going to let us run it. We had a hard time throwing the ball and I guess they were going to make throw it. We threw for over 100 yards, but still we only got one touchdown out of it.
With Cherokee ahead 12-0, the Longhorns bounced back when Jason Steele led the Longhorns to a score right before the half.
His 23-yard scoring strike to Mark Jennings cut the Cherokee advantage to 12-6.
They took their safety off the middle and brought him up to play the run, Atwood said. We knew if we could get inside on that corner there would be an open look right there if we could just get time to throw it. We put probably our best athlete out there and he just beat the guy inside.
Of course the touchdown was negated after the second half kickoff when Cherokee scored.
The kickoff return by House seemed to be the biggest dagger as the Chiefs went on to dominate the second half.
House added another touchdown when he caught a 43-yard pass from Ty Ryans to give the Chiefs a 25-6 advantage in the third quarter.
The Chiefs added one more touchdown in the fourth after Cambren Gimbson took it to the end zone from 21-yards out.
The big news for the Longhorns in the second half was the injury to Austin Humphrey.
Humphrey has a mild ankle sprain and is probable for Friday nights clash with Hampton.
That hurt when Austin Humphrey went out, Atwood said. We were wore out the whole second half. I dont know if it was the heat, but we were dead in the second half and it showed.
The Longhorns now look ahead to the Hampton game and the showdown between two bitter rivals.
Hampton is a team that Atwood knows is going to be tough every year, but he says they will have to go up against a lot of the same characteristics as the Longhorns did with Cherokee.
Hampton has some size and speed and that scares us, Atwood said. Were looking for the same kind of game against them and hopefully well play better.
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