By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The frigid Mountain City air failed to cool off the red hot Longhorns on Friday night against Northview Academy. Johnson County played flawlessly in a 41 -21 win on Harold Arnold Field and kept their playoff hopes alive for another week.
It was their third consecutive win in as many outings. The Cougars had scored 62 points in the previous week against Chuckey-Doak, a team who had knocked off Johnson County four weeks ago.
But this is a different Johnson County squad.
The young and improved Horns have gotten much better since then. They stepped up and made the key plays against Northview when it counted most.
This was a huge win for us, said head coach Don Kerley. I thought we made a lot of big plays. When we needed a big play we made it. The offense played exceptional and the defense played super. Everybody played hard, hustled and contributed. Every player believed that we were going to win. Not many people gave us a chance.
It didnt take Longhorn fans long to start believing.
Samuel Icenhours 36-yard touchdown run gave them a 7-0 lead at the 6:42 mark after Rico Ortegas extra point, but Northview came back in a hurry.
Justin Howards one-yard run capped off a 13-play, 65-yard drive for the Cougars. Joshua Gomez kicked the PAT to tie the game at seven all.
They took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter on a 49-yard pass from Howard to Jeff Maples. But the Horns would not be denied.
Samuel Icenhours 9-yard TD run pulled them within one at 14-13 after the missed PAT. Nathan Arnolds 33-yard pass to Cody Bailie kept the drive alive on a third and long.
The Longhorns were able to take the lead for good on their final drive of the half on a 2-yard run by Bud Icenhour with .38 remaining.
Bailie had two catches on the drive that totaled 30 yards.
Johnson County led 19-14 at the half.
The momentum stayed with JCHS during the third quarter. They never relinquished the lead thanks to Samuel Icenhours 10-yard run to start the period.
It was Sams third touchdown of the game. He ended the night with 75 yards rushing on 12 carries.
This was a turning point game for us, said Icenhour. We needed this one to keep our playoff hopes alive. We have a shot of getting that if we can win our last two games. This group believes in one another and weve got each others back. Were going out there and playing hard for one another.
A 5-yard touchdown pass from Howard to Haiden McGee got Northview close at 26-21 late in the third. But they never scored again from that point.
That wasnt the case for Johnson County.
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