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Reclassification can't come too soon for 'Horns

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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The 2015 football season has been a roller coaster ride for Johnson County. But don’t fault the players or coaches. They’ve stubbed their toe only one time.
The loss to Chuckey-Doak at home could come back to haunt them. The Black Knights haven’t won a game since then and it’s one that the Horns should have won.
But are there others? You tell me.
They opened the season with a 21-0 loss to Sullivan East. The Patriots are on track to finish 8-2 including wins over Sullivan South, Grainger County and Cherokee.
This will mark only the second time in school history that East has won eight football games. They’re ranked 11th in 4A for the fourth consecutive week.
Hampton is currently 9-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class 2A. The Bulldogs could be the best team in Northeast Tennessee in any classification. They have yet to be seriously challenged in a game so far.
Elizabethton has run the table since a loss at Science Hill in the season opener. The Hilltoppers are ranked 10th in Class 6A.
The Cyclones are currently No. 5 in Class 3A, one of five teams ranked from the region that Johnson County plays in.
They doubled the score on a very good Pigeon Forge team who is ranked 10th in 3A. They also have a good win over Tennessee High.
The Longhorns gave Pigeon Forge all it wanted and they might have won had they not spotted them a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Horns could play East, Elizabethton, Hampton and Pigeon Forge for a second time and would likely come away 0-4. That’s not downgrading our football team. It’s just that those teams have more experience and depth.  
But the loss to C-D at home was a game they let get away.
That is why the Longhorns must defeat Unicoi County to make the playoffs. The Blue Devils upended C-D 44-33.
So now here is the grand prize for the second, third and fourth place finishers up here.
The No. 3 and No. 4 teams from Region 1 must play the No. 1 and No. 2 teams from Region 2.
Alcoa and CAK are tied for the lead and they play on Thursday night for the championship.
Alcoa is 8-1 and currently ranked No. 1 in the state among Class 3A teams. CAK is 9-0 and ranked second.
But that’s not all.

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