By Tim Chambers
A quartet of football teams took part in Cloudland’s jamboree on Friday at John Orr Field. Johnson County hit the gridiron after the individual events and carved out a 7-0 victory. Hampton crushed Unaka 28-0 in the nightcap.
The Longhorns found themselves on the defensive end for most of the game as Cloudland gained all of its 108 yard by way of their ground game. The Highlanders won the statistic battle but couldn’t move the football in the red zone where it counted.
Most of the Landers’ yards were provided by Jordan Coffey who totaled 75 on 12 carries. Josh Blair and Dillon Markland sparked the defense with a pair of big plays.
The Horns proved that they could move the football in the brief time that they had it.
Shane Greer turned a short sideline pass from Nathan Arnold into a 51-yard gain on their second play from scrimmage. Troy Arnold scored on a 5-yard run with Jared Kimble adding the extra point.
Johnson County had another scoring opportunity but fumbled deep inside the red zone at the 12.
Hayden Osborne, Tyler Norris and RJ Snyder had four tackles each to lead the Horns. The Highlanders never completed a pass on the Longhorns’ secondary.
“We feel like people are going to try and run at us like that because we are undersized,” said Snyder. “We’ve just got to read their lead step and know where to go and make plays.”
Bud Icenhour had a couple of good defensive plays for the Horns as did Cameron Clawson at his defensive end position. Jordan Edes provided a fumble recovery and bone crushing tackle on Cloudland’s last possession.
“Playing them is like playing Hampton with that double tight end and three back set,” said Norris. “We’ll have to go to a four when playing teams like that but it helped us a lot seeing that. It felt good to be under the lights. We played well but we have to do a better job of getting off the blocks.”
The Longhorns never tried to open up their playbook with two of its regular season opponents there.
“We won and that’s always a good thing, and we didn’t get anybody seriously injured,” said head Coach Don Kerley. “We played nearly 25 kids and that’s a lot for a jamboree game. I’m hoping that will help us against Sullivan East. Cloudland always has a well coached team.”