By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Scattered showers for most of the day couldn’t keep football from being played at Hampton High School on Saturday.
The 2018 youth football league kicked off its annual jamboree on J.C. Campbell Field with only two Johnson County teams emerging with a victory.
The Mighty Mites coached by Josh Allen came away with a hard fought 18-13 victory over the Morristown Gladiators.
M-town struck first by scoring on a 50-yard touchdown run but the Horns battled back with one of their own.
Grayson Hensley broke loose on a 60-yard scamper that evened things up at 6-6.
The Little Horns defense rose to the occasion on the next series getting back-to-back sacks by Hunter Stanley and a bone-crushing tackle from Mason Luckett.
Luckett sparked the Horns next offense series with a 40-yard run while Easton Snyder had a nice run that resulted in a first down.
Hensley broke loose for another touchdown by racing to paydirt from 20-yard out but back came the Gladiators.
A long run by the boys from M-town put them in front with 3.54 remaining but back came the Little Horns with one
final surge and a play to remember.
Hensley found the end zone from 40-yards out after picking up the loose pigskin off of a shotgun snap that went haywire and running it in for their final score.
Morristown’s attempt to get a game winning score ended with a stop in the backfield as time ran out.
Hensley finished the day with 140 yards rushing on
five carries and three touchdowns. Mason Luckett added 45 yards on two carries. Easton Snyder picked up 25 yards on three carries to account for 210 yards of total offense.
The defense was just as impressive getting four sacks and 10 tackles from Hunter Stanley. Luckett added three tackles. Masyn Allen had a big day with two sacks and two tackles.
Coach Josh Allen was happy with his team’s play.
“We couldn’t handle a snap and we had trouble with everything we tried
to do said Allen about his
team’s performance the prior week. My assistant coaches Trent Snyder and Andrew Hensley did a good job of working with our backs and getting the kinks out. I thought our defense really stepped it up to. I’m very proud of the improvements that were made because all our kids did a