By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County found a way to end its middle school football season on a high note after consecutive losses to Happy Valley and Chuckey-Doak. They knocked off rival Hampton 34-14 on Thursday at J.C. Campbell Stadium to end their season at 6-2.
The Junior High Longhorns opened the season with a forfeit, then reeled off four straight wins. But some injuries late in the season would make for a rough two weeks before they had time to heal and win their finale.
Hampton plays a lot like us, said Johnson County head coach Matt Bray. They are a hard hitting football team that fights hard and theyve scored on every team they played. Were glad to finish the season on a high note and win our final game. We had a lot kids step up and play well. This game says a lot about their character and fight. Theyve been banged up lately but didnt quit.
Hampton threatened to make it a three-peat of losses to start the game.
They quickly marched down field on an 8-play 66-yard drive to take a 6-0 lead.
Matt Hughes scored from three yards out after being the workhorse for most of the drive. But the Horns would bounce back to tie the score.
Stevie Baldock broke loose on a 41-yard TD run to tie the game at 6-6. From that point the Longhorns would take control of the game.
Jared Kimble broke a couple of tackles en route to his 47-yard touchdown run. He tacked on the two-point conversion for giving JCMS a 14-6 advantage.
Ive not been at 100 percent the past two games and that has been hard on everyone, said Kimble. Tonight I was feeling some better but still pretty sore. Our line played well and we had some other backs step up and make plays. I think everyone felt pretty good tonight. The injuries weve had helped some of the younger players get better. Theyve been getting to play a lot more.
The Longhorns continued to get good production out of several of its players.
Chance Phillips got loose on a 17-yard run and Stacy Greer added a quarterback keeper that went for 12 yards.
Jisaiah Websters 21-yard touchdown run would cap off a 57-yard drive that took just six plays. The Longhorns led 20-6 at intermission.
Johnson County erased any chances of a Bulldog comeback with another long scoring drive to start the third quarter.
Greer hit Stephen Bunn with an 11-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-6 in the third quarter. Again the defense would step up.
Kimbles big hit caused a fumble that was recovered by Colt Moody. That led to Phillips 37-yard touchdown run that increased the margin at 34-6.
This game means everything to our team because Hampton is our biggest rival, said Moody. We didnt make the playoffs so this one was like our super bowl. It feels good to leave here with a win.
Hampton scored late on a 2-yard plunge by Garrett Vines and his two-point conversion. Coach Matt Bray flooded the field with reserves in the fourth quarter making sure that everyone was able to get in the game.
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