By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County’s quarterback Nathan Arnold and wide receiver Shane Greer said they wanted to give back something to the community after Thursday’s 34-0 win over Sullivan East. A mission that looked impossible is now a mission accomplished.
The Longhorns cracked the Associated Press 3-A football poll for the first time ever with a No. 8 ranking on Monday afternoon. Head coach Don Kerley was excited about the good news.
“I’m happy for the kids, our school and community,” said Kerley in a phone call. “Our players have worked extremely hard to achieve this, but we’ve got a whole season left to play. We’re taking them one game at a time.”
The Longhorns will play Hampton on Friday who was ranked No. 6 in the 2-A poll. Expect the “Longhorn Nation” to turn out in record number at J.C. Campbell Stadium to cheer on the “Big Maroon.”
It’s being billed as the top game in Northeast, Tennessee.
The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through August 21, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:
Record Pts Prv
1. Alcoa (9) 1-0 99 –
2. Pearl-Cohn (1) 1-0 79 –
3. Milan 1-0 65 –
4. Bolivar Central 1-0 55 –
5. Giles County 1-0 52 –
6. Raleigh Egypt 1-0 33 –
7. Red Bank 0-1 31 –
8. Johnson County 1-0 28 –
9. Austin-East 1-0 26 –
(tie) Smith County 1-0 26 –
All Associated Press members in Tennessee are eligible to participate in the high school football poll. Those who voted for this week’s poll are: Chattanooga Free Press, Chattanooga; Cleveland Daily Banner, Cleveland; The Tennessean (Nashville), Murfreesboro; State Gazette, Dyersburg; The Jackson Sun, Jackson; Johnson City Press, Johnson City; The Daily Times, Maryville; The Tomahawk (Mountain City), Mountain City; Union City Daily Messenger, Union City; WCMT, Martin.