By Tim Chambers
The Energizer Bunny would have found the task of trying to keep up with Carson Jennings very difficult on Saturday. The little speedster ran for 265 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Longhorns to a 31-0 win over Elizabethton inside of Citizens Bank Stadium.
The Longhorns will now play in the playoffs on Saturday against a team and site to be determined. Elizabethton will play in a bowl game at Science Hill.
Johnson County was backed up deep on their first possession facing a third-and-10 at their own seven. But Jennings would deliver a 93-yard touchdown on a sweep around the left end with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter. His two-point conversion made it 7-0.
The Longhorns used a 31-yard touchdown run by Hunter Paisley to go up 14-0 with 34 seconds remaining in the first.
Jennings would tally his second TD during the second quarter. His 31-yard sprint up the gut made it 19-0 with 2:23 remaining in the half.
Jennings would cap off his magical day with a 73-yard run during the third quarter.
Paisley had 35 yards rushing to help the Longhorns. Carter Atwood had three tackles, a fumble recovery and ran the offense well. Sawyer Marshall led the defense with four tackles. Jamie Jones, Eli Tester and Rylee Henson accounted for three apiece.
Jones had a whooping four sacks. Paisley, Bryson Kimble and Tester had one apiece.
Mountain City kindergarten student Evan Chambers played a good game for Elizabethton. He had a 25-yard run on one of his two carries and added three tackles, including one that saved a touchdown.
Johnson County 16
Elizabethton remained undefeated with a win over Johnson Countys Junior Pee Wee squad in the first game.
Dalton Pope had a big day gaining 120 yards on the ground that included two touchdowns. He reeled on a 61-yarder in the second quarter and later scored on a 55-yard sweep play.
Conner Simcox kicked a pair of extra points.
Colby Dollar, Ethan Simcox, Dolinger, Hunter and Ethan Simcox led the defense with three tackles apiece. Tanner Marshall and Ethan King were in on two each.