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Tomahawk Talk: Longhorns can take Huskies for granted

JC’s Stacy Greer goes for a nice gain against Happy Valley. Greer threw 2 TD passes to Corie Neely in their
20-0 junior varsity win. Photo by Tameula Trivett

By Tim Chambers

Sports Editor

One of the most repeated quotes used by players and coaches are “we can’t take anyone from granted.” That might not be the case on Friday night when North Greene invades Paul McEwen Stadium.
The Huskies are currently 0-7 on the year, and have been outscored by their opposition 311 to 42.
So how does Johnson County’s head coach Don Kerley get his team up and ready to play one of the state’s worst teams? The answer is simple.
Johnson County will be at home for the first round of the playoffs if they can win on Friday. That makes the game the most important one they’ve played so far.
Kerley said it best after Friday’s win over Happy Valley about the North Greene game. “It’s a must win for us.”
Indeed it is but who’s buying it?
Johnson County’s Nathan Lane has scored more touchdowns on the season than North Greene’s total point output. The Huskies are riding a 17-game losing streak.
The Huskies’ last win came against Unaka 26-14 in their season opener last year. It might be that long before they taste victory again.
It is very important that the Longhorns escape this contest injury free. Jared Kimble tore his ACL in the Longhorns’ 54-8 victory last year and was lost for the season. That’s why the Horns need to score early and often.
Kickoff is set to take place at 7:30 pm on Friday. I hope there is plenty of good tailgating food.
I can’t even take that for granted.

Junior Varsity wins
Johnson County continued their winning ways by defeating Happy Valley 20-0 on Monday.
The game was deadlocked 0-0 at the half, but the Horns came up with 20 unanswered points over the final two quarters.
The first score came on a 63-yard pass reception by Corie Neely from Stacy Greer. They also hooked up on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
The dynamic duo added
a second touchdown
on a 20-yard pass and reception.
Neely scored his third touchdown of the game on a five-yard run with 1:58 remaining in the game. He ended the night with 60 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving.
Greer added 55 yards on the ground and threw for 110 more.
Ethan Woody led the defense with nine tackles. Ethan Icenhour chipped in with seven.