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JCHS Longhorns nip Chuckey-Doak Black Knights 14-13

JC’s Nathan Lane #4 breaks up a pass intended for C-D’s Trevor Grubb #7.

By Tim Chambers

Johnson County played the role of “Daniel” and survived the “lion’s den” on Thursday night against Chuckey-Doak. The Longhorns blocked what would have been a game tying field goal and walked away with a narrow 14-13 conference victory at the Black Hole.
The Longhorns move to #4 in this week’s Class 3-A poll but it wasn’t easy.
Tyler Norris saved the day by getting a hand on Bryan Alvarez’s 33-yard field goal attempt with .48 seconds remaining. It was big way to cap off his monster game that included 14 tackles, three for losses.
“The plan was to get pressure on them and try to block the kick,” said Norris. “I got a good rush and was able to get the job done. We were determined not to let a field goal beat us. We can’t play like this and expect to win. We have to do a better job of executing.”
Norris was right on his assessment.
The Longhorn offense was stagnant from the outset after shooting themselves in the foot on their first drive. Gage Hampton’s 37-yard touchdown run was nullified due to a holding penalty.
“It swung the momentum when the touchdown got called back,” said Kerley. “I would have loved to see us score but we shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times. We were fortunate enough to win but hats off to Chuckey-Doak for playing very well. They’re a good football team with some good athletes. They ran the ball good and we left our defense on the field way too long. I’ve always felt if you hold somebody under 21 points then you should win the game. We were 0-3 at this point last year so we’ll take it.”
“The Black Knights had one goal in mind and that was to keep Johnson County from throwing the football. They simply won the battle up front due to the play of Devin Jennings who recorded a game high 17 tackles.

Johnson County’s defense didn’t play shabby either despite spending most of the night on the field. Their heads-up play set up the first score.
Jimmy Bower’s fumble recovery at C-D’s 37-yard gave the Longhorns’ offense new life. Caden Arnold’s 15-yard reception from Nathan Arnold set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Bud Icenhour. Jared Kimble added the PAT giving Johnson County a 7-0 advantage.
Chuckey-Doak looked impressive on their next possession and marched down field with a strong running game before fumbling inside the red zone. R.J. Snyder’s hard hit jarred the ball loose and Hayden Osborne recovered it at the 13.
The offense failed to move the ball and Doak made them pay for it when they got the ball back.
Peyton Fletcher’s 9-yard touchdown run tied the game at 7-7 with 3:55 remaining in the half but the Longhorns answered.
They dipped into their bag of tricks after being unable to move the football and the gamble paid off. Jared Kimble threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Lane off a faked punt to put the Longhorns back in front 14-7 at the half. He nearly didn’t get it off after the snap hit the ground on the way back to him.
”I saw a big old guy coming hard after I picked up the ball,” said Kimble. “Nathan was wide open and he did the rest after I threw it. I’m glad that it helped us pull out the win.”
Lane was confident when his number was called.

“I felt like the play would work when we called it and I knew Jared would get it to me,” said Lane. “I think we surprised them with the call because they weren’t expecting it. There was nothing between me and the end zone. I knew we had a touchdown.”
It was nearly all in vain.
The Black Knights missed two field goals and an extra point. Conner Smith scored on a 2-yard run with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter, but they missed the extra point, allowing Johnson County to remain in front.
Their next drive stalled thanks to Zack Eller’s interception that deflated the boys from Afton for a second time.
“Our defense was trying to change the momentum,” said Eller. “They got the ball deep a few times but we never allowed them to score. But we gave up more yards than we should have.”
Johnson County recorded only two first downs in the second half. The last one came on a 15-yard run by Nathan Arnold that gave them a first down and the win with .22 second remaining.
“We made a few plays when we had to,” added Kerley. “I thought our defense played well and our special teams did too. We’ve got to work on our blocking and not allow them to get penetration and pressure like they did tonight. This wasn’t a pretty win but we’ll take it and learn from it.”
Arnold completed 8-15 passes for 62 yards. The Longhorns were held to only 50 yards rushing in 27 attempts.
Osborne finished the game with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery. Snyder added 10 tackles and a sack. Bower, Will Kerley, Jordan Edes-King and Lance provided six each. Freshman Logan Gilley was in on four.
Long led the Black Knights with 101 yards rushing on 27 carries.
“A win is a win but we’ve definitely got things we need to work on,” said Osborne. “We’ve got to get things clicking again because we know we can play better than we did tonight. I think we took them for granted and it almost cost us. We can’t look past anyone. We’ll definitely be ready to play this week.”

Johnson County 14, Chuckey-Doak 13

Johnson Co. 7 7 0 0 — 14
C.-Doak 0 7 6 0 — 13

1st Qtr.
JC—Icenhour 2 run (Kimble kick)
2nd Qtr.
CD—Fletcher 9 run (Alvarez kick)
JC—Lane 57 pass from Kimble (Kimble kick)
3rd Quarter
CD—Smith 2 run (kick failed)

Team Stats JC C-D
1st Downs 7 11
Rushing Att./Yds. 27-50 42-196
Passes A/C/I 9-16-0 5-9-1
Passing Yards 109 70
Total Offense 159 266
Fumbles 1-0 3-2
Punts 5-32 3-41
Penalties 6-53 10-73

Individual Stats (Johnson County Only)
Rushing: Hampton 8-33, T. Arnold 4-15, N. Arnold 10-(-5), Icenhour 4-6 Kimble 1-1.
Passing: N. Arnold 8-15-0 62, Kimble 1-1-0 57
Receiving: Greer 4-18, Icenhour 1-22, Hampton 3-22, Lane 1-57
Sacks: Edes-Osborne, Norris
Fumble Recoveries: Osborne, Bower
Interceptions: Eller
Tackles (3 or more): Osborne 13, Norris14, Snyder 10, Edes-King 6, Lane 6, W. Kerley 6, Eller 6, Gilley 4

JC C-D
1st Downs 7 11
Rushing Att./Yds. 27-50 42-196
Passes A/C/I 9-16-0 5-9-1
Passing Yards 109 70
Total Offense 159 266
Fumbles 1-0 3-2
Punts 5-32 3-41
Penalties 6-53 10-73
Individual Stats (Johnson County Only)
Rushing: Hampton 8-33, T. Arnold 4-15, N. Arnold 10-(-5), Icenhour 4-6 Kimble 1-1.
Passing: N. Arnold 8-15-0 62, Kimble 1-1-0 57
Receiving: Greer 4-18, Icenhour 1-22, Hampton 3-22, Lane 1-57
Sacks: Edes-Osborne, Norris
Fumble Recoveries: Osborne, Bower
Interceptions: Eller
Tackles (3 or more): Osborne 13, Norris14, Snyder 10, Edes-King 6, Lane 6, W. Kerley 6, Eller 6, Gilley 4