By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Johnson County was on a tidal wave for the first three games losing to state ranked Sullivan East, Hampton and Elizabethton. They bounced back to turn the “Tide” by washing away Sullivan Central and Chuckey-Doak in back-to-back games.
They hope to continue their road warrior success against Claiborne County on Friday night in Tazewell. The bus ride one way to play their District opponent will take nearly four hours but the Longhorns appear ready and up to the challenge.
They defeated Chuckey-Doak 48-19 in their last game after beating the Cougars 46-20. The Black Knights won a hard fought 37-32 contest over Claiborne when the two teams met a month ago, but there is no reason for the Horns to take anyone for granted.
The Bulldogs own wins over winless Union County and a slim 26-21 victory against Cumberland Gap, and they’ll be looking for revenge on Friday.
The Longhorns pounded them 42-7 in last year’s meeting on Arnold Field. Head coach Don Kerley knows the Bulldogs will be hungry for a win.
“They run the veer option and we haven’t seen that this year,” said Kerley. “They have a good athlete at quarterback and a couple of good dive backs. They have been able to score some points so stopping them will be a challenge. We have to focus on the things that we do well and not turn the football over. We played pretty much mistake-free last week against C-D and we’ll need that type of play from everyone again.”
Claiborne is coached by Nathan Medlin who is also the girls’ basketball head coach. Prior to that he coached at Swain County High School in Bryson City, North Carolina and played his college football at Mars Hill College as a quarterback.
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