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Longhorns taken down by Sullivan East

While the JCHS Football Team is going through one of its toughest seasons in years, the Sullivan East Patriots are going through a resurgence with a new coach and a strong offensive attack.
The Patriots improved to 3-1 on the year by defeating the Longhorns 40-6 at the Patriot Pasture in Bluff City Friday night.
Other than a 21-yard scoring strike from Chase Kleine to Ryan Mahala that got the Longhorns on the board at the end of the third quarter, the rest of the game belonged to the Patriots.
Quarterback Daniel Truett and running back Austin Glover were in on all six Patriot touchdowns as East took advantage of short fields to score.
“Both ourselves and Johnson County had an off week to prepare and we knew that no matter what they do we can't kill ourselves so we tried to get better at tackling and work on the little things that make us better on Friday night. They did a nice job,” East head coach Mike Locke said.
JCHS threw some wrinkles into the offense this week and tried some different things, but East was prepared.
The Longhorns struggled with turnovers and mistakes and East took advantage en route to the easy win.
“The big thing was recognition and we threw some things out there in practice just so they wouldn't be caught off guard,” Locke said. “The kids responded well.”
Glover actually only had 114 yards rushing on 10 carries, but he made his big runs count.
The Patriot running back did a great job on special teams with a kickoff return that came after a holding penalty on the previous punt by JCHS.
“Austin is a great hard runner and does a lot of good things for us,” Locke said.
On the Longhorns' side of things, the season has become a disaster, but one positive was the play of some of the underclassman.
Sophomore Josh Snyder had a solid game in his first action of the season and freshman Scottie Tester had a big fumble recovery that was shown on “Touchdown Friday Night on WJHL.”
The Longhorns will look for that elusive first victory Friday against Hampton.
PASSING: Chase Kleine 6-17-1. 1 touchdown, 58 yards, Chris Stollings 0-1-0
RUSHING: Patrick South 18-66, Luke Poteet 1-1, Chase Kleine 7-26, Skylar Reece 1-21, Chris Sollings 2-(-6), Timmy Bellamy 1-8.
RECEIVING: Ryan Mahala 3-39, Timmy Bellamy 3-19
PUNTS: Ryan Mahala 5-33.1
RETURNS: Chris Stollings 2-25, Timmy Bellamy 2-37, Gregory Roark 2-28, Josh Snyder 1-35.
TACKLES: Timmy Bellamy 4, Chase Kleine 1, Seth Little 4, Ryan Mahala 4, Connor Icenhour 4, Craig Jennings 5, Mikey Edington 2, Skylar Reece 4, Tristan Hill 1, Jimmy Morefield 1 Josh Snyder 3, Ryan Smith 1, Scottie Tester 2
SACKS: Skylar Reece