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Longhorns put up major fight against Happy Valley

The JCHS Football Team played its best game of the year last Thursday night and though the Longhorns fell short of victory, it was almost like a win for them.
JCHS lost 20-6 to playoff bound Happy Valley Friday night on Warrior Hill, but they won the respect of everyone in attendance.
Despite coming into the game at 0-9 overall, that didn't stop JCHS from giving an outstanding effort and a break here and there and JCHS might have come out on top.
The Longhorns drove all the way down the field in similar fashion to the North game on their first drive, only this time it was thwarted by a blocked field goal.
Even though not scoring sort of took the wind out of the Longhorns' sails, still JCHS fought very hard to the end.
“I was real proud of the effort and I was real pleased with how we played,” JCHS head coach Mike Atwood said. “We're still lacking the playmaker, but as far as effort goes I have nothing to complain about. We did what we needed to do. They played hard and a few breaks here or there we win the ball game.”
Happy Valley quarterback Seth Davis threw for a touchdown and ran one in to give Happy Valley a 14-0 advantage at halftime, but JCHS was not letting Happy Valley have it easy as the Longhorns were playing their best defense of the year.
“It's hard to score when you can only do a couple of things on offense,” Atwood said. “You can always stop one or two things. You have to have other options and our skill people are so young it's hard to do that.
“Happy Valley has got a good team. When I saw them on film I thought they were going to be the second or third best team we were going to face.”
The Longhorns never quit as JCHS took advantage of a botched punt that Patrick South took into the end zone on the next play to cut the Longhorns' deficit to 14-6.
“We would have loved to have had a win for these seniors, but they came out and played hard and showed our younger kids what it takes to be competitive in a game. We've got only five seniors who played tonight and that's tough, but we got what we wanted out of them and got the effort we expect every week. We ended on a positive note and we got better every week.”
A key JCHS turnover led to a Happy Valley touchdown late in the third quarter that gave Happy Valley a 20-6 lead, but still there were some great plays made by JCHS in the second half.
Jimmy Morefield, Ryan Smith and Chris Stollings all had fumble recoveries in the game and Timmy Bellamy made an outstanding catch.
Craig Jennings and Connor Icenhour both had double digit tackle game with 15 and 10 respectively.
JCHS played toe-to-toe with a very good football team, one that defeated Hampton two weeks ago.
Atwood says this game reminded him a little bit of 2004 when JCHS defeated Sullivan South 7-6 on the last Thursday night in October.
“We wanted to do that again and that was a game that helped turn our whole program around,” Atwood said. “We got the point across to our younger kids what it takes to win.”
As the season comes to a close, Atwood says don't expect 0-10 again in 2012.
“I don't think we will, but we still have a very tough schedule,” he said.
STATS FOR JCHS
RUSHING: Patrick South 30-123, Luke Poteet 4-9, Skylar Reece 1-8, Warren Kerley 2 (-7), Jordan Grubb 2-6, Chris Stollings 1-3
PASSING: Warren Kerley 2-9-1, Chris Stollings 1-0-1
RECEIVING: Timmy Bellamy 2-41
TACKLES: Craig Jennings 15, Connor Icenhour 10, Skylar Reece 6, Seth Little 4, Tristen Hill 1, Seth Billingsley 2, Jimmy Morefield 6, Chris Stollings 5, Timmy Bellamy 2, Ryan Smith 2.