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Longhorns still in the hunt

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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Homecoming turned out to be extra special for Johnson County because they couldn’t have written the script any better on Friday. They played their best game of the season by knocking off Claiborne County 42-7 but that was only the half of it.
Wins by Elizabethton and Unicoi County over Pigeon Forge and Chuckey-Doak respectively put the Longhorns back in the hunt for a third consecutive playoff berth.
The Longhorns are currently 1-2 in league trailing Pigeon Forge, Chuckey-Doak, Northview Academy and Unicoi County. And things could change drastically if they can win at West Greene this week.
That would even up their league record at 2-2. But the ‘Horns can’t look past anyone.
Friday night’s play proved they can be a team to reckon with when all phases of the game are going well and they don’t turn the ball over.  Previous games also indicate they are capable of losing to anyone on their schedule.

The bye week seem to do wonders for the Longhorns especially in their offensive line’s play. Jake Bower, Evan Martin, Alec Tester, Codie Neely and Rico Ortega were men among boys against the Bulldogs and Shane Greer was just as solid at tight end.
It’s not very often when two running backs go over 100 yards in the same game but this too happened.
Dakota Wright had 110 yards rushing and Samuel Icenhour 109 yards on a combined 17 carries. Wright also had a 62-yarder called back. And they are getting plenty of help from the quarterback spot.
Sophomore Nathan Arnold is getting a much better feel for the high school game. His 42-yard touchdown pass to Dakota Wright was a thing of beauty that put them up by three scores. He also had the presence of mind to sneak in from the four after an 83-yard interception return by Alex Tressler with only a minute remaining in the half.

A lot of credit should be handed to head Coach Don Kerley and his staff. They spent two seasons trying to implement a new system and Friday was an indication what it can be like.
Anything can look good when you don’t turn the ball over.
That was the key on Friday.

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