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Johnson County Middle School pounds Unaka Rangers 44-8

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
[email protected]

The ride back from Johnson County over Holston Mountain wasn’t a pleasant one for Unaka on Tuesday. The Junior High Longhorns dominated a one-sided affair winning 44-6 over the Rangers.
The Longhorns held a slim 8-0 lead after one quarter of play but broke it open during the second. Head coach Matt Bray was pleased with the win.
“Our kids took care of business and played hard,” said Bray. “It was good because we got to play several players. We got a chance to look at some of our younger guys and that’s always something you want to do. We didn’t turn it over so I’m pleased about that.”
The Longhorns took an 8-0 lead on Stacy Greer’s 13-yard touchdown run and his two-point conversion pass to Jared Kimble with 3:44 remaining in the opening quarter. It was the second stanza that did the Rangers in.
Kimble got it started with his 39-yard punt return for a touchdown. His two-point conversion pass to Stevie Bladock made it 16-0.
But the Horns weren’t about to take their foot off the gas.
Tyrone McFadden’s 5-yard touchdown run came after Cody Norris had recovered a fumble at the 33-yard line.
Baldock’s 10-yard touchdown run extending their halftime lead at 29-0 after Kimble’s PAT.
Johnson County got a pair of scores in the second half.
Kimble’s 42-yard fumble return came inside the first two minutes of the second half.
Jisaiah Webster closed out their scoring with a 31-yard touchdown run.
Unaka’s lone score came on Blake Isaac’s 65-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and his two-point conversion with 1:11 remaining in the game.
The Longhorns had several players who provided good performances. Will Henson and Petie Pavusek broke up three passes each in addition to their four tackles apiece. Norris logged five tackles as did McFadden, Kimble and Baldock. Logan Gilley was in on three.
“They lost all their players from last year,” said Bray about Unaka. “Our kids went out and took care of business. I’m very proud of them for that.”
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