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Johnson County High School Longhorns hope to joust Black Knights

JC’s Nathan Arnold spent most of the night scrambling against the Black Knight’s defense last year.
JC’s Nathan Arnold spent most of the night scrambling against the Black Knight’s defense last year.

By Tim Chambers

Johnson County hopes to find some milk and honey in Afton on Friday. That’s because to reach the “Promised Land” you must have a starting point, just as Joshua did when he led the Israelites safely in.
The Longhorns will need several players to step up in Moses-like fashion when they take on Chuckey-Doak down at the Black Hole. They are hoping to get on a roll after destroying Central last Thursday 46-20.
The Black Knights were 4-0 when they knocked off the Horns 39-26 last year at Paul McEwen Stadium. But gone is talented quarterback Tanner Barkley who rushed for 185 of his team’s 388 yards. C-D never threw a single pass in the game.
That’s sort of been the trend for this year’s Black Knights squad. Johnson County’s head coach Don Kerley is well aware of what they like to do.
“It looks a lot like last year’s offense,” said Kerley. “Coach Ben Murphy does a great job of getting his running backs involved. They love to run the football so we’ve got to get after them. You can’t really key on any of them.”
Chuckey-Doak defeated North Greene 28-14 in their season opener and followed that up with a 37-32 win over Claiborne County. Last week South Greene knocked them from the unbeaten ranks with a 33-21 victory. And they did so by way of their passing game.
Freshman Levi Myers threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns, but the Rebels also scored a couple on the ground. They had one drive that consisted of 10 rushing and six passing plays.
Chuckey-Doak had the ball inside the 10-yard line three times but couldn’t punch it in. That proved to be the difference in the game.
The Longhorns must shut down the running of Doak’s fullback Hunter Robinson. Last week he ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns that covered 61 and 37 yards.
The Black Knights will also rely on Taylor Ward who scored a pair of touchdowns against Claiborne County and rushed for 137 yards.
They ended that game with 360 yards rushing.
Robinson had 236 yards rushing on 29 carries in their win over North Greene. They threw only two passes in that win.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.