By Tim Chambers
The Junior Youth League Longhorns laid a pair of defeats on Happy Valley in Grasscutters and Mighty Mites play on Saturday at Paul McEwen Stadium. The Junior Pee Wee team battled hard but came up short in their attempt at getting a sweep.
Johnson County 26
Happy Valley 6
Coach Austin Atwood’s squad displayed a well balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense while knocking off the Warriors in convincing fashion.
The Longhorns rushed for 205 yards and held the Warriors to under 50.
Kyle Maples led the Longhorns with 92 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 41 and 10 yards. Nathanael Walker logged 60 yards rushing that included touchdown runs from 10 and five yards out.
Carter Atwood helped the cause with 25 yards rushing and led the defense with three tackles and two sacks. Carson Jennings had a pair of touchdown runs called back but aided the defense with three stops. Juan Meija scored an extra point and Kaden Blevins provided a pair of nice runs.
Maples, Walker, Blevins and Meija had three tackles apiece on defense. Colton Grindstaff and Christopher Thomas added two apiece.
Maples had a sack as did Jamie Jones. Hunter Paisley tacked on a sack plus an interception. Thomas and Hayden Parker each recovered fumbles.
Happy Valley 30
Johnson County 6
The Longhorns held their own against a very good Happy Valley squad.
Ethan Simcox had a long kickoff return for a touchdown in the first half for Johnson County. Graham Reece provided their other score on a quarterback keeper from 6-yards out in the fourth quarter.
Evan Dollar had a pair of good runs. Kyle Sluder contributed two receptions for 30 yards in addition to his four tackles on defense.
Noah Brown caught a pass and was in on three tackles.
Reece, Ethan Simcox and Nate Dorman led the Longhorns with five tackles apiece. Hank Sauer and Braden contributed a couple of nice tackles each.
Johnson County 45
Happy Valley 26
The Longhorns rebounded nicely from last week’s tough one-point loss at Elizabethton by knocking off the Warriors in convincing fashion.
Sawyer Marshall ran for 257 yards and five touchdowns while Brock Jones added 175 yards on the ground and two scores.
Marshall had touchdown runs of 62, 51, 26, 10 and five yards. Jones added a 51-yard TD and a 22 yarder in addition to scoring three conversions.
Jones and Marshall collected 12 tackles apiece to lead the defense. Gage Grissom and Hunter McEleya added five each. Ian Lewis, Avery Blevins and Daniel Yax all logged three tackles. Connor Stout and Grayson provided on e each. Lewis also had a fumble recovery.
Evan Chambers should have been credited with the game scoring touchdown last week in Elizabethton’s 28-27 win over the Longhorns. His final TD run came for 34 yards out. He also scored on a 60-yard run and on a 71-yard screen pass.