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Several Longhorns honored at annual football banquet

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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A large crowd of coaches, parents and players turned out at the Crewette Building on Tuesday for Johnson County’s annual high school football banquet. First year head coach Don Kerley addressed the crowd with the recognition of players and assistant coaches plus individual and special awards.
Kerley praised the work of the boosters club for the many things they provided throughout the season including team meals.
He also gave thanks to all the churches for feeding the boys and to each parent for supporting the football program.
Kerley told the crowd that plans are underway to build a new football field house and weight room in the near future.

“It’s a must to compete in the conference that we play in,” said Kerley. “We’re going up against some much larger schools.”
Kerley praised the seniors for their two consecutive playoff appearances. They were also the first group to ever win a first round playoff game.
His challenge was for everyone in the crowd to bleed maroon.
“We want positive people in our athletic programs,” said Kerley. “Our football players are at all the basketball games because they support their teammates who play basketball. Plus we’re all Longhorns. I am a true Longhorn through and through. I want all the Johnson County teams to do well. We want our school and athletic programs to be family oriented.”
Kerley showed his family values by thanking his wife and the coaches’ wives for all their sacrifices. He again praised everyone involved for helping prepare the teams pregame and post game meals.
“Our teams had it all,” said Kerley. “The colleges have nothing on us. Johnson County people have went out of the way to help this football program. We couldn’t have done any of this without them.”
He took time to recognize athletic director Cheryl Long for all her hard work in her first year as AD.

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