By Tim Chambers
Savor the moment. It’s the best advice that I can give Longhorn football fans five weeks into the season.
Johnson County’s No. 3 ranking in the latest Class 3A poll is the talk of the town among many local residents. Not to be overlooked is the middle school’s 3-0 start in 2017.
Have we suddenly become a football factory? Probably not, but things sure are looking up.
Some fans say that the current schedule is watered down from the teams they’ve played in past years. Gone are Elizabethton and Sullivan South who moved up in classification. Pigeon Forge and Northview Academy are now in Region 2 3A.
Watered down was just what the doctor ordered for a “red hot” Johnson County team. The late Al Davis that owned the Oakland Raiders coined the phrase “just win baby.”
That’s what the 2017 Longhorns are doing.
They whipped Sullivan East soundly to start the season, then took care of Hampton on the road. Close road wins at Chuckey-Doak and West Greene could have gone the other way.
But they didn’t and winning is contagious.
Much of the credit should go to Head Coach Don Kerley and his staff. There is harmony among this group of players and rightfully so.
Nearly everyone gets to play in this system. The Longhorns played 25 people in the first half against West Greene. And those that didn’t get on the field on Friday would likely get a chance in the junior varsity game on Monday.
Athletes today enjoy playing under the Friday night lights. The ones at Johnson County are no different.
Kerley has pushed all the right buttons so far, but just like a Tootsie Roll Pop, the winning streak at some point will disappear.
Let’s enjoy every lick that we can, like the one RJ Snyder delivered on West Greene’s quarterback. Hayden Osborne turned it into a game clinching 56-yard touchdown run.
We might not ever reach No. 1 in the poll the same way that many will never get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop.
But let’s enjoy every lick while we can.
Savor the moment.
The Longhorns didn’t fare well in the regional golf tournament played in Elizabethton on Monday afternoon.
They shot a 429 to finish sixth among the six teams there.
Reece Stout was the Horns’ low medalist with 100. Jaiden Joiner followed with a 101. Gavin Reece shot a 109 and Petie Pavusek a 119 to close out the scoring.
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Tim Chambers is the sports editor at The Tomahawk. He can be reached by email at [email protected]