By Tim Chambers
Let’s not write the season off just yet for Johnson County. Nobody in Class 3-A has played a tougher schedule than the Longhorns.
Their three losses have came at the hands of Sullivan East, Hampton and Elizabethton who were all state ranked this week in their respective classifications.
The Patriots broke into the top 10 this week at No. 9 in 5-A. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 7 in Class 2-A and Elizabethton was at No. 8 in the 3-A poll.
Let’s all be realistic.
The Cyclones and Patriots are a much better football team than the Longhorns. The Patriots start 18 seniors and they all can play.
Elizabethton keeps reloading and will probably find themselves playing up in 4-A when the reclassification comes out. We simply can’t play with their current squad.
So what does it say about JCHS’ schedule so far when your weakest opponent is state’s No. 7 ranked team in Class 2-A? You tell me.
The Dogs will likely finish 10-0 if they can defeat Happy Valley at home.
Where does Johnson County fall into the equation? The answer is simple.
The Horns should be battle tested and ready for the remaining seven games. We no longer are saddled with can’t-win contests nor can anyone make excuses.
That doesn’t mean the Longhorns can win seven straight games by just showing up. What it does mean is that someone needs to light a fire under these young men beginning this week against Sullivan Central. Every game remaining on the schedule is winnable.
The Cougars have lost three games by a combined score of 149-20.
They managed only one first down in a 41-0 loss to Sullivan North. Their total offense was minus 27 yards.
The Cougars totaled minus 7 yards of total offense in their 58-6 loss at Cherokee. Their lone score came on a 57-yard interception return.
Chuckey-Doak is currently 2-0 but wins over North Greene and Claiborne County hardly compare to Johnson County’s schedule.
We’ll play them back-to-back on the road after Thursday’s contest at Central.
The three-hour-plus bus ride to Tazewell after playing the Black Knights can be an enjoyable one should they win three straight. Claiborne’s only victory came against Union County who has yet to score an offensive touchdown.
For the rest of the story pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.