By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
A lot of eyes were on Johnson Countys Jared Kimble on Thursday night at Harold Arnold Field. Thats because he did everything except drive the bus to the middle schools opening game.
Kimble scored three touchdowns and threw the game winning two-point conversion in a 22-20 overtime win over E.B. Stanley from Abingdon, Virginia. He also led the defense with 10 tackles.
It was quite a performance by the running back that helped his team grab an 8-0 first half lead. But the Falcons rallied to tie the game late and send it into the overtime period after Johnson County had led 14-0.
We tell our kids to keep pushing and not get satisfied but we got a little complacent at the end and let them catch back up, said head coach Matt Bray. E.B. Stanley has a good football team. I think our kids expected them to quit when we got up 14-0 but they didnt. We saw an opening when they missed the extra point in overtime. It was a great way to start the season.
The Longhorns had trouble moving the football against the Falcons defense in the first half but that wasnt the case with their special teams.
Kimble took a punt and raced 48 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Stacy Greers two-point conversion pass to Chance Phillips gave them an 8-0 advantage.
Johnson Countys next score was a thing of beauty.
Kimble fielded the opening third quarter kickoff and ran 84 yards for his second touchdown. But their 14-0 lead would soon evaporate.
Graham Griffins 19-yard interception for a touchdown got E.B. Stanley on the board. He also added the PAT to cut the lead in half at 14-7.
It appeared as if Johnson County might run out the clock after having the ball deep in its own territory with less than two minutes remaining. But the Falcons saved their timeouts and managed to get back the football back with 1:52 showing on the clock.
From there disaster struck the Horns on a fourth and long.
Jonas Lane hit a wide open River Carter for a 41-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 remaining in regulation.
Griffins PAT would send the game into overtime.
The Falcons wasted little time in taking their first lead.
Griffith score on a 10-yard run to put them on top 20-14 but they missed the PAT.
The Longhorns got a 10-yard run by Kimble on their first play from scrimmage to tie the game at 20. His two-point conversion pass to Stacy Greer would allow Johnson County to walk away with the win.
I told our guys that this was it, said Bray about the game winning play. We made some adjustments on offense and put Jared at quarterback. He threw to our other quarterback Stacy for the winning score. The fact that we didnt quit said more about this team than anything. We made a lot of mistakes but found a way to win.
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