By Tim Chambers
Johnson County Middle School needed someone to step up with standout running back Corie Neely out with a concussion. Stacy Greer did that and then some. Greer made his final eighth grade game one to remember by leading the Longhorns to a 22-6 win over Hampton at Paul McEwen Stadium.
It was the final game of the season for the Horns who finished second in conference play with a record of 4-1, 4-4 overall.
Longhorn fans got a glimpse of a future gridiron star in the making. Greer moved to the tailback position from his quarterback slot and never missed a beat. He ran for three touchdowns and a two-point conversion while compiling 165 yards rushing on 16 carries.
“I knew that Stacy would play well, all the kids did,” said JCMS’ head coach Devin Shaw. “We weren’t playing for the league championship but that didn’t matter because it was Hampton. It’s a rival game and one you always want to win. It allowed us to finish 4-1 in the conference and win four of our last five games. Our guys stepped up; every single eighth grader did in their final middle school game. I am very proud of them.”
It didn’t take Greer long to make his presence felt in the first quarter.
He broke loose for a 30-yard run after the Horns had nickel-and-dimed six running plays. He ended the 12-play, 54-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run with 2:35 remaining in the quarter.
Johnson County led 6-0.
Hampton fumbled on their first possession and was recovered by JCMS’ Corbin Zelvin, but their drive stalled at the Bulldogs’ 33. They would turn it over a second time with Samuel Mann recovering their second fumble.
This time the Horns cashed in on their miscue.
Greer broke a couple of tackles en route to his 45-yard touchdown run. He tacked on the two-point conversion, giving the Horns a 14-0 advantage with 3:23 remaining in the half.
Hampton tried desperately to get on the board before the half ended by electing to throw the football on a fourth-and-six at their own 36. The pass fell incomplete, giving the ‘Horns another scoring opportunity and Greer made sure it wasn’t wasted.
He scored Johnson County’s final touchdown on a 16-yard run, giving the Horns a 22-0 halftime lead after Ethan Woody’s two-point conversion.
A steady rain would set in at that point.
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