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Youth football enjoying their new league

JC’s Ayzik Landeros (1) ran for three touchdowns and 118 yards against PH in the Pee Wee Division. The Horns lost the game 26-20. Photo by Elle Hensley

By Tim Chambers

The youth league Longhorns are enjoying playing football in the Tri-Cities Football League that has cut down on travel for the parents of players and cheerleaders.
On Saturday the team traveled to Patrick Henry and split a pair of games with the Lil’ Rebels. Below are briefs of games that were played on Saturday and last weekend.

Pee Wee Division

Patrick Henry 26
Johnson County 20
PH scored their game-winning touchdown late to earn a hard-fought victory on the Jr. Horns.
The Longhorns got two mammoth performances by Carter Stout 128 yards rushing and Ayzik Landeros who ran for 118 yards on seven carries and scored all three touchdowns for Johnson County.
Landeros also led the team in tackles with 5.
The Pee Wee Longhorns are 0-4 on the season but are making great improvement each game to get better.

Freshman Division
Johnson County 30
Patrick Henry 6
The Longhorns won their first game of the season in this division by dominating the game from start to finish.
Colton Russell scored a 40-yard touchdown on the game’s first play and finished with 90 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Hunter McElyea had a monster game scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 100 yards. Cayden Stanley complied 82 yards rushing for the Horns who got another 50 yards rushing by Hunter Stanley.
Also getting into the running game was Hayden Issacs with 30 yards, Gianni Guizzotti with 15 yards, and Corbin Gribble with a nice 10 yard gain. The Longhorns ran for over 300 yards.
Nose guard Aaron Madrey led the defense with four sacks and forced two fumbles. McElyea and Russell led the team in tackles with eight apiece, while Stanley racked up seven stops and two sacks. Trevor McCloud and Jacob Bentley both had five tackles.
The team is now 1-3 overall.

Junior Varsity Division
Johnson County 30
Patrick Henry 8
Hunter Paisley was the big dog for the Horns in their 30-8 win over PH. He rushed for 58 yards and added 83 more receiving along with two touchdowns to lead the way.
Carter Atwood added 47 yards rushing and one touchdown and threw for another as the team’s quarterback. Kyle Maple ran for a touchdown and 35 yards. Eli Tester and Aaron Ferguson tacked on a two-point conversion apiece.
Jamie Jones was the terminator on defense with 14 tackles. Maple made his presence felt with 11 stops.

Varsity Division
Patrick Henry 32
Johnson County 8
Juan Mejia scored the Horns only touchdown and threw the two-point conversion pass to Darren Chappell. Mejia hooked up with Christopher Thomas for a 40-yard pass completion, but it wasn’t enough.
Mejia led the defense too with ten tackles. Chappell, Jack Csillag and Josh Potter all had five tackles each.
The Horns are now 1-3 on the season. They’ll have a bye this week.

Last Week’s Games versus Hawkins County

Pee Wee Division
Hawkins County 25
Johnson County 19
Ayzik Landeros rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for the Horns to pull out a win. Clayton Osborne scored an extra point.
Carter Stout ran for 40 yards, and Osborne collected 15.
Stout, Landeros, and Osborne had three tackles apiece on defense

Freshman Division
Hawkins County 32
Johnson County 0
Hunter McElyea ran for 65 yards, and Colton Russell added 45, but they couldn’t dent the scoreboard in their loss to PH. Cayden Huskins ran for 25 yards to complete the offense.
Russell and McElyea had eight tackles each for the Longhorns. Avery Blevins played big racking up six tackles. Cayden Huskins had four and Aaron Madrey, Jacob Bentley, and Hunter Stanley had three apiece.

Junior Varsity Division:
Hawkins County 10
Johnson County 8
The Longhorns ran for 61 yards, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the Hawkeyes.
Hunter Paisley had 35 yards to lead the way. Carter Atwood and Kyle Maple added 18 and 10 yards rushing.
Colton Grindstaff had nine tackles to lead the defense. Atwood was a beast on defense with eight stops. Eli Tester chipped in with four stops.
Hawkins County scored the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game with the Horns leading 8-2.

Varsity Division
Hawkins County 34
Johnson County 20
It was a good game from start to finish with the Horns coming up just a little bit short.
Juan Mejia completed three passes and threw for 70 yards that included a touchdown. He also ran for 101 yards, and two TD’s on the
Christopher Thomas added 30 yards rushing, Darren Chappell had 18 yards, and Jack Csillag had 17 yards rushing. Landon Lipford had three receptions for 70 yards and a TD.
Jack Csillag led the defense with eight tackles. Ben
Reece had five tackles and a fumble recovery. Mejia finished with five tackles, and Josh Potter added three and forced a fumble. Andrew Long and Landon Lipford racked up three tackles apiece.