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Longhorns to tangle with talented Bulldogs

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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A heavy flow of traffic from Johnson County will travel down 321 around Watauga Lake on Friday to watch the biggest sporting event of the year. And it won’t involve fishing or boating either.
The Longhorns will be heavy underdogs against Hampton who will definitely crack the State’s 2A poll rankings next week should they prevail.
The Bulldogs destroyed Avery County, NC on Friday 54-17 behind the stellar play of Adam McClain, Jerry Lunsford and Coby Jones.
McClain scored four times and Lunsford three. Jones threw for two and ran for one.
“Hampton is a great team with a line that’s big and physical,” added Kerley. “Coby Jones is one of the top athletes that we’ll play against all year. He’s a great quarterback and defensive back. Cody McClain is a strong back that runs well and he’s physical. Jerry Lunsford is their speedster that can go outside as a receiver and run tailback. They’ve got a ton of weapons. We’ve got to be ready for them all. They run the counters and fullbacks up the middle. It’s hard to key on one or two things.”
The Bulldogs scored at will against the Vikings unlike the Longhorns who never found the end zone against East.
Johnson County will find Hampton to be bigger, better and more physical than East. They return several key players from last season’s 10-2 squad.
“It’s about as big a rival game as you can get on the schedule,” said Kerley. “It wouldn’t be a good year without Johnson County and Hampton playing. But we can’t get caught up in all the hype. We’ve got to play great defense and block well on offense. It’s going to come down to what we do too. If we do what we’re supposed to, hustle and not turn it over, then I think we can win.”

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