By Tim Chambers
It was the youth league Longhorns that showcased its talents on Saturday and all three teams did so in convincing fashion. The Grass-cutters remained undefeated by defeating the Pioneers 27-14. The Mighty-Mites won their first game of the season by a 20-19 score. The Junior Pee Wee team made it a complete sweep by taking down the Pioneers 14-7.
Johnson County 27
Crockett Pioneers 14
A quartet of Longhorns scored a touchdown each in their big win over the Pioneers on Saturday on Harold Arnold Field.
Sawyer Marshall got them on the board with a 13-yard touchdown run. Carter Atwood followed that up with a 5-yard TD on a quarterback keeper.
The Horns biggest play came on a 55-yard TD run from Colton Grindstaff. Hunter Paisley tacked on the last TD on a 3-yard run.
Paisley had a big day, rushing for 110 yards with five tackles on defense. Grindstaff added 63 yards on the ground and a game high nine tackles. Marshall and Atwood combined for another 40 yards on the ground and four tackles each in addition to their touchdown runs. Atwood also tossed a 2-point conversion pass to Marshall.
The Longhorns got an extra point from Bryson Kimble. Daniel Yax and Eli Tester had a fumble recovery each.
Kimble, Rylee Henson and Hunter McElyea collected three tackles apiece.
The undefeated Longhorns 4-0 will host Science Hill at home on Saturday.
Johnson County 20
Crockett Pioneers 19
A happy bunch of young Longhorns celebrated their first win of the season on Saturday after winning 20-19 over the Pioneers.
Camden Johnson was the workhorse, scoring all 20 points including the game winner.
His 7-yard touchdown run and conversion with 1:57 remaining was the deciding factor in the game.
Johnson had touchdown runs of 55 and 37 yards along with his game winner. The defense stepped up late to preserve the win.
Grayson Hensley made a game saving touchdown tackle on the last play of the game for the Longhorns. He finished the afternoon with 10.
Kingston Mills was the “king” on defense with 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Avery Blevins played an outstanding game at center and came up with some key stops on defense.
Blevins, Mills, Mason Mills, Trevor McCloud and Hunter Stanley were singled out for playing exceptionally in the offensive line. Bentley Forrester had a big game on defense with five stops. Adam Roush played his best game of the year for the Horns.
Junior Pee Wee
Johnson County 14
Crockett Pioneers 7
Jace Stout scored a pair of touchdowns in Johnson County’s seven-point victory over the Pioneers. He electrified the crowd by picking off a pass and taking it 56 yards for the Longhorns first score.
His second TD came on a 50-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Stout booted the PAT that in youth football is good for two points.
Christopher Thomas played well in his first start at quarterback.
The defensive front three of Thunder Fletcher, Nate Dorman and Travis Waspi dominated the line of scrimmage and came up with several big tackles.
Hats off to Charlie Jennings who also serves as their head coach in addition to his duties as Johnson County’s youth league president.
Jennings has over 30 players on his squad that make it difficult to get everyone in for six plays during a game.
He started most of his second unit on Saturday, rewarding them for being dedicated throughout the season.
The team is currently 3-1 and they’re blessed with some talented young players.
Sam Cretsinger has performed well all season at defensive end while Juan Mejia has been a steady player.
The running of Kyle Sluder and the play of Carson Jennings at quarterback have been a key factor in the team’s fast start.
The Horns will play at home on Saturday against Science Hill at 2 pm.