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JCHS Freshmen Football Team earns convincing victory at Hampton

The JCHS Freshmen Football Team showed a lot of signs on Monday night that the future of Longhorn Football is extremely bright.
JCHS totally outclassed and dominated the Hampton Bulldogs in what was a convincing 27-8 victory over its arch-rival at J.C. Campbell Stadium.
The Longhorns were not scored upon until late in the fourth quarter and both the offense and defense came up with big plays all night long.
Plays that included an outstanding grab from Seth Billingsley to set up a touchdown to big interceptions from Gregory Roark, Doug Stanton and Ryan Sauer all helped lead the Longhorns.
Everyone on this outstanding team stepped up and played huge on the night, but the game ball might have gone to the offensive line for an outstanding effort.
“The offensive line controlled the game from the first possession,” JCHS assistant coach Scott Plyler said.
The Longhorns started off strong when Aaron Osborne took one of the first plays from scrimmage and went all the way to the end zone to give JCHS an early 7-0 lead following an Austin Kurtz kick.
One of the biggest plays of the night that set the tone came when quarterback Warren Kerley found Billingsley for a long completion.
On the next play, Jordan Grubb hit paydirt and JCHS lead 13-0.
Just before halftime, Kerley found Doug Stanton for a scoring strike and Stanton took the two point conversion in to give JCHS a 21-0 advantage at the half.
Hampton wanted to score before the half, but two big defensive plays, a sack by Robert Bower and an interception by Stanton left the Bulldogs scoreless.
“We needed this win very much,” Plyler said. “Everyone contributed and I think we spread the wealth. Our defensive backs did what they were supposed to do, we got after them on defense. The difference in the demeanor of the team is huge.”
The second half was one Gregory Roark won't soon forget as Kerley continued his huge night by hitting Roark for a score to make it a 27-0 Longhorn edge.
The icing on this great performance came when Roark intercepted the quarterback in the end zone.
It was a great night for the Longhorns and one that was truly needed.
The JCHS Varsity program has been struggling this year and the freshmen have had to watch some tough losses. However, this group of JCHS players is one of the most talented to come through here in a long time and Plyler is trying to keep their focus on what they're doing.
“I'm delighted Hampton agreed to give us this game,” Plyler said. “They've got some young guys they need to get work to and we haven't taken a snap against anybody else in three weeks and that's very difficult and we've talked how difficult it's been with the varsity struggling that when we got our shot, we needed to take advantage of it and we certainly did.”
Plyler says this group has the opportunity to be very special.
“I've told other people that the Austin Phipps group had a lot of weapons and we're in that realm with this team,” he said. “I'm not trying to take away from what they did, but I think if we keep this bunch together, I see more potential. I dressed 25 tonight and if we keep 25 together until their seniors I think the potential is huge.”