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Tomahawk Talk: Horns can’t avoid Thursday kickoffs

JC’s Troy Arnold #1 will see time at quarterback in 2018 after being the starting fullback last year. File Photo Tim Chambers

By Tim Chambers

Tomahawk Sports Editor
[email protected]

The month of June is nearly over which means that football season is just around the corner. The youth club is currently signing up players and cheerleaders while the high school athletes are grounded because of dead week over the next two
weeks.
It hasn’t stopped Longhorn fans about inquiring when and where the season opener is going to be.
Many fans are questioning if the season opener will be played on Thursday or Friday and if Thursday why.
The Longhorns will open up at Sullivan East on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30. The reason is simple.
The NASCAR race at Bristol will be held on the weekend of August 17-19 and East is just a short distance from there. The traffic is heavy during that
time and the restaurants are always full.
Johnson County fans can avoid most of the race
traffic by going over the mountain on game night. Last year the Longhorns broke a three-year losing streak to the Patriots by shutting them out 34-0.
The Longhorns will play their home opener on August 24 against Hampton and will following that up with their second Thursday night game on August 30 against Chuckey-Doak at home.
The schedule is pretty much the same as last year. They are on the road against Sullivan Central, Claiborne County, Cloudland and Unicoi County in addition to the season opener at East. Home games other than Hampton and Chuckey-Doak with include West Greene, Happy Valley and North Greene.
Kickoff times for all regular season games will be at 7:30.
The Horns will once again take part in the passing league at Hampton while continuing their conditioning and weight room training before the first official day of practice.

TSSAA and GameChanger
TSSAA recently announced that GameChanger, the leading digital scorekeeping and team management app for baseball and softball teams will become their reporting tool for preferred pitch counts.
The free app, recently named the exclusive baseball and softball app partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), offers custom pitch count alerts and an inning-by-inning pitch count recaps that make it easy for coaches to monitor and protect their pitchers’ health.
In 2017, TSSAA implemented rules that establish the
maximum number of pitches that can be thrown by pitchers within a set number of days. GameChanger will automatically send comprehensive daily pitch count reports to TSSAA for seamless, statewide pitch count reporting for coaches and TSSAA. In addition to monitoring pitch counts, GameChanger provides coaches with access to
over 150 statistics, instant spray charts, and a full suite of team management features, including game and practice scheduling and a player attendance tracker.
Many of your area sportswriters serve as administrators for the local high schools that they cover. They are able to get up to date game stats along with season stats and a complete box score of each game.
More than 13 million games have been scored using GameChanger.
Tim Chambers is the sports editor at the Tomahawk. He can be reached by email at [email protected]