By Tim Chambers
Undefeated Johnson County’s ball control offense worked to perfection against Rogersville City School on Tuesday. The Longhorns dominated total yards and time of possession that led to their 8-0 win over the Warriors.
All of Johnson County’s 212 yards of total offense came on the ground.
Corie Neely scored the game’s only touchdown on a 5-yard run with 4:33 remaining in the second quarter. Dalton Brown fired a pass to Preston Greer on the two-point conversion giving the Horns an 8-0 lead. From there, the defense dominated by holding Rogersville to two first downs in the game. Longhorns’ head coach Devin Shaw was happy with the outcome.
“We expected this to be that kind of game because Rogersville hadn’t given up many points,” said Shaw. “We were able to set the tone in the second half because Corie started making longer runs and we were able to dominate time of possession. I thought our defense played outstanding and I was really proud of our offensive line especially in the second half. We played four quarter, but they had that ‘let’s finish’ mentality down the stretch. I’m super proud of the way they played.”
The game’s lack of scoring didn’t eliminate the excitement.
Dalton Brown had a nifty 26-yard run that set up Neely’s touchdown and Neely’s hard running allowed them to keep the ball for most of the second half. At one point he reeled off runs of 17, 14 and 18 yards that factored in his 140 yards on 17 carries. Brown added 60 yards on 11 attempts.
The Longhorns’ stingy defense limited Rogersville to 25 yards of total offense and 0-6 passing. Ethan Icenhour paved the way with seven tackles, two for losses. Big John Stout made his presence felt with six tackles and a sack. Preston Greer provided five tackles and a fumble recovery. Nate Rice cashed in on six tackles and a sack. Zane Jarrels and Sammy Walters collected interceptions. Neely logged four tackles and broke up a pass.
Shaw applauded their efforts.
“I’ve said all year that defense wins championships,” added Shaw. “It’s says a lot about these kids because most of them play both ways. Having John Stout back helped. They were big in their offensive line but he disrupted things. I would take him over any lineman. Icenhour, Rice and Brown all played well and so did Greer, Jarrels and Walters. They compliment Corie who is also an excellent defensive player. It was a huge night for our team.”
The Longhorns (6-0) earned the right to play for the sectional championship on Tuesday night at home against Church Hill.
Kickoff was slated for 6 pm inside of Paul McEwen Stadium.
Johnson County 8, Rogersville 0
Rogersville 0 0 0 0 — 0
Johnson Co. 8 0 0 0 — 8
JC—Neely 5 run (Brown pass to Greer) 4:33
1st Downs R 5 JC 11
Rushing yards R 24-25 JC 33-212
Passes A/C/I R 0-6-1 JC 0-3-1
Passing Yards R 0 JC 0
Total Offense R 25 JC 212
Fumbles R 2-1 JC 0-0
Punts R 3-24 JC 1-3
Penalties R 4-25 JC 4-20
Stats for JCMS vs. Rogersville
Corie Neely 5 yard run 2nd quarter 4:33
(Dalton Brown 2-pt. conversion pass to Preston Greer
Nate Rice 4-12
Sammy Walters 1-0
Interceptions: JC (Sammy Walters, Zane Jarrels
Tackles: (3 or more) Ethan Icenhour 6, Nate Rice 5, John Stout 5, Preston Greer 4, Corie Neely 4, Aiden Sluder 3,
JCMS Passing 0-3-0 0 yards Total Offense 212 yards
28 rushes for 25 yards
Passing 0-6-2 0
Total Offense (25 yards)