By Tim Chambers
Torrential rains, severe lightning and a 100-minute delay couldnt keep Johnson County from picking up its second consecutive win on Friday night in Mosheim. The Longhorns grounded out a 29-3 victory to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Buffalo Range was a muddy mess before the game ever began. Homecoming festivities had to be moved inside the schools gymnasium and lightning almost sent both teams back home. But they finally took the field at 9:10 and the Longhorn fans that made the trip wouldnt be disappointed. Neither was head coach Don Kerley.
We got our kids off their feet and rested them during the delay, said Kerley. They were anxious to get started so they came out ready to play some football. Our offensive line deserves a lot of credit for allowing us to move the ball and control the game. Our backs played well too and never fumbled the football. That was huge plus our defense played great. We had to have this one and we need the one next week. Every game is a must win for us.
The teams played through a scoreless first quarter but that would soon change in the second.
Jordan Edes-King recovered a fumble near midfield with 02 remaining in the first period to set up Johnson Countys first score.
Samuel Icenhours 5-yard touchdown and two-point conversion run came with 9:15 remaining in the second quarter.
Their second score came with .46 seconds remaining in the half. Dakota Wright plunged in from 2 yards out to make the score 16-0 after Icenhours conversion run.
The key play of the drive was a roughing-the-passer penalty on a fourth-and-four from the 15. Wright also had a 33-yard run on the drive.
West Greenes lone score came on a 37-yard field by Brock Shelton on the final play of the first half. But it was JCHS who would do all the kicking from that point.
The Longhorns rushed for 125 yards in the first half and held West Greene to only 70. They would totally dominate time of possession in the second half.
They began the third quarter on a 14-play, 77-yard drive that ate up over eight minutes off the clock.
Slamming Sammy Icenhour capped it off with an 11-yard touchdown run at the 3:53 mark that made it 22-3. They would salt the game away on their next possession.
An 11-play drive that ate nearly another eight minutes ended on Icenhours 6-yard touchdown run. Rico Ortega split the uprights accounting for the 29-3 final.
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By Tim Chambers