By Tim Chambers
The junior high Longhorns are starting to reap the benefits from playing three tough opponents to start the season. Johnson County ran its record to 2-0 in conference play by knocking off Happy Valley 29-8 on Thursday night at Arnold Field.
It was quite a performance by Horns on both sides of the football. Head coach Devin Shaw liked what he saw from his much improved team.
“They didn’t seem to have an answer for our power running game,” said Shaw. “We were running a 34 lead and the line was doing an excellent job of opening up holes. Then we would hit them with a bootleg. We were picking up four to five yards on every carry and then we would break a long one. It was fun to watch as a coach.”
Shaw was spot on in his assessment.
The Longhorns set the tone with two huge scoring plays in the first quarter.
Stacey Greer broke loose for a 57-yard touchdown to give Johnson County an 8-0 lead after Corie Neely’s two-point conversion run.
It was almost a repeat run later in the quarter, only this time Neely did the honors. He junked his way through traffic and sprinted 55 yards to pay dirt, giving the Horns a 15-0 lead after Cody Norris kicked the extra point.
The Longhorns would take a 21-0 halftime lead on Neely’s 4-yard run in the second quarter.
“I thought our line did a great job of blocking for us,” said Neely who ended the night with 131 yards rushing on 15 carries. “Everyone stepped up and played well especially our defense.”
The Warriors took advantage of a long kickoff return and a personal foul penalty to score their lone touchdown and cut the deficit to 21-8 to start the third quarter. They also drove the ball down to the 17-yard line on their next possession but fumbled the ball away.
Johnson County found new life, then put the game away with another nifty run by Greer.
He found a crease and raced 35 yards for his second TD. Neely tacked on the 2-point conversion that completed the Longhorns’ scoring.
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