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Longhorns needs fans to remain faithful

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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It’s been a tough two weeks for the Johnson County football team and Friday could be another one. This will be the third consecutive week that the Longhorns will have played a quality opponent and today’s state rankings tell us that.
Hampton moved up to ninth in 2A after their impressive win on Friday over the Longhorns. And Sullivan East missed cracking the top 10 by one point, finishing 11th.
Johnson County will have its hands full again against Elizabethton ranked eighth in this week’s 3A polls. And they’ll play before a sellout crowd inside the newly built Citizens Bank Stadium.
The Cyclones come into the game 0-1 but all that can be thrown out the window. They came within a whisker of beating Science Hill on Friday before falling 28-21 in Johnson City.
That doesn’t bode well for Johnson County who has been outscored 71-14 in two games.
Nathan Arnold was sacked six times against Sullivan East and nearly that many against Hampton.
Trying to block the likes of Elizabethton’s Scotty Oliver and company might take its toll on an inexperienced offensive line. That means that senior players like Cody Bailie and Samuel Icenhour will need to step up and make some big plays.
But rest assured that two players won’t win the football game for Johnson County. Everyone dressed in maroon and white will need to step up and play their best game ever.
Sophomore starters need to grow up and play like seniors.  And juniors must do likewise.
The circus-like atmosphere will be something to watch on Friday. And several EHS fans will have paid dearly to see it.
The seats on the home side are only 18 inches wide. If your “fanny” packs more inches, it’s said that you had to buy two season tickets. Several couples I spoke with stated they bought three tickets in order to have 48 inches instead of 36. It’s like buying clothes at “Big and Tall.” The more you have to cloth, the more you pay.”
But butt space is not the issue here. What’s important is getting a win.
Sullivan Central will likely come in at 0-3 next week. Their first two losses were close ones to Cocke County and Sullivan North ranked 9th in 2A.
The next four games are winnable after Friday’s tilt and that’s good news.  The bad news would be for McEwen Stadium to be half empty against the Cougars if they start the season 0-3.

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