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Longhorn’s youth team eyes playoff berth

JC’s Carter Atwood ran for 60 yards and threw for 50 more in their 32-8 win over Clintwood. He also scored a TD. Photo by Elle Hensley

By Tim Chambers

Coach Austin Atwood’s junior varsity 9-10-year-old football team kept their playoff hopes alive with a big win over the Clintwood Woolpack on Saturday inside of Paul McEwen Stadium. The Longhorns set the tone by scoring on the first play to earn an impressive 32-8 victory.
Hunter Paisley set the tone for the game by scoring a 60-yard touchdown on the first play of the game. He ended the day with a mammoth performance of three touchdowns, 100 yards rushing, and 40 more receiving.
He got help from quarterback Carter Atwood who accounted for one rushing touchdown and one passing of 50 yards. Atwood ran for 60 yards on the ground.
Kyle Maple had a rushing TD and racked up 40 yards rushing. The (4-2) Longhorns amassed 200 yards on the ground for the day.
Atwood’s troops got a couple of 2-point conversion catches from Aaron Ferguson. Colton Grindstaff had a 2-point conversion catch, and Maple run for one.
Atwood totaled eight tackles to lead the defense. Paisley added six tackles while Ferguson, Jamie Jones, and Maple all contributed five. Eli Tester rang up three big hits while Connor Stout and Brock Jones got one apiece.
It was the first loss of the season for Clintwood now 4-1. The win put the Longhorns in the thick of a playoff berth that is awarded to the top four teams.
They travel to Abingdon on Saturday to play the Washington County Trojans.

Freshman Division (7-8-year-old)
Clintwood 32
Johnson County 8
The undersized and overmatched Longhorns fell to a superior Clintwood squad 32-8 on Saturday on Harold Arnold Field.
Hunter McElyea and Colton Russell accounted for 50 yards rushing apiece, and Cayden Huskins ran for 40 yards to lead the Longhorns’ offense. Jacob Bentley had a nice 30-yard run.
McElyea led the defense with seven tackles and two sacks. Russell provided six tackles and a sack. Trevor McCloud finished with four tackles with Huskins and Gianni Guizzotti racking up two apiece along with Aaron Madrey and Kingston Mills.
The team is now 1-5 on the year and will play at Abingdon on Saturday against the Washington County Trojans.

Varsity Division (11-12-year-old)
Clintwood 40
Johnson County 0
The Longhorns tried hard to battle through some injuries suffered but didn’t have the firepower to stay with Clintwood.
Juan Mejia led the rushing attack with 60 yards for Johnson County while Josh Potter collected 30 yards rushing in his first start at quarterback. Jack Csillag provided 10 yards.
Mejia had eight tackles to lead the defense. Csillag and Andrew Long finished with six apiece. Landon Lipford and Potter logged three each. Christopher Wilson and Connor Gentry added two stops each.
The Horns are now 1-5 on the season and will play in Abingdon on Saturday versus the Washington County Trojans.
NOTE: The 5-6-year-old game was rescheduled for October 22.