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Longhorns look to joust Black Knights Friday

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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On paper it looks like a mismatch. But Friday’s game against undefeated Chuckey-Doak is one that Johnson County feels like it can win.
The Longhorns (1-3) will battle C-D (3-0) inside of Paul McEwen Stadium. And fans could be getting home early if the Black Knights’ offense does what it did last week.
They rushed the ball for 400 yards in a 36-8 win over South Greene. And they did it with a four-headed monster.
Quarterback Tanner Barkley ran for 106 yards and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass. It was the only pass that Chucky-Doak attempted.
He got plenty of help on the ground. Corey Starkweather (103 yds.) Ty Waddell (96 yds.) and Hunter Robinson (95 yds.) were all impressive but the ‘Horns feel like they’re up to the challenge.
“We’ve watched them on film and they run the ball well,” said JCHS’ head coach Don Kerley. “But playing against teams like Sullivan East, Elizabethton and Hampton has helped us to get better. We have a good shot if our defense comes out and plays the way it did on Friday. We can’t turn the ball over and make mistakes. And we can’t let them run the ball up and down the field all night either.”
Johnson County will be the toughest team that the Black Knights have faced so far. Their wins over North Greene, Claiborne County and the Rebels hardly compare to the trio that Johnson County faced in the early going.
Hampton moved up in the state rankings to fifth this week and Elizabethton jumped a spot to seventh. East vaulted to 11th and they remain undefeated.
“COn paper it looks like a mismatch. But Friday’s game against undefeated Chuckey-Doak is one that Johnson County feels like it can win.
The Longhorns (1-3) will battle C-D (3-0) inside of Paul McEwen Stadium. And fans could be getting home early if the Black Knights’ offense does what it did last week.
They rushed the ball for 400 yards in a 36-8 win over South Greene. And they did it with a four-headed monster.
Quarterback Tanner Barkley ran for 106 yards and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass. It was the only pass that Chucky-Doak attempted.
He got plenty of help on the ground. Corey Starkweather (103 yds.) Ty Waddell (96 yds.) and Hunter Robinson (95 yds.) were all impressive but the ‘Horns feel like they’re up to the challenge.
“We’ve watched them on film and they run the ball well,” said JCHS’ head coach Don Kerley. “But playing against teams like Sullivan East, Elizabethton and Hampton has helped us to get better. We have a good shot if our defense comes out and plays the way it did on Friday. We can’t turn the ball over and make mistakes. And we can’t let them run the ball up and down the field all night either.”
Johnson County will be the toughest team that the Black Knights have faced so far. Their wins over North Greene, Claiborne County and the Rebels hardly compare to the trio that Johnson County faced in the early going.
Hampton moved up in the state rankings to fifth this week and Elizabethton jumped a spot to seventh. East vaulted to 11th and they remain undefeated.
“Chuckey-Doak plays hard and they will hit you,” added Kerley. “They run that Wing-T and they run it hard. It should be a good challenge for our defense. We need them to play like they did against Sullivan Central.”
The Longhorns will look to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers on Friday. Cody Bailie, Samuel Icenhour and Dakota Wright need touches. And all that begins on the offensive line.

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