By Tim Chambers
A large group of youth football players watched Johnson County defeat Hampton 20-8 on Friday before a packed house at J.C. Campbell Stadium. It was evident they wanted in on some of the action too.
The Grass-Cutters and Junior Pee Wee prevailed over Hampton on Saturday while the Mighty-Mites lost a heartbreaker at J.C. Campbell Stadium.
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The Longhorns scored early and often against the Baby Bulldogs that resulted in their lop-sided victory.
Sawyer Marshall got them on the board with a 45-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game. Hunter Paisley added the conversion for an 8-0 advantage.
They increased that to 14-0 on Kyle Maple’s 60-yard touchdown run. Maple ended the game with 153 yards on only five carries. He later tacked on an 80-yard touchdown outrunning several Bulldog defenders to the end zone.
Hunter Paisley got in on the scoring act with a 12-yard touchdown run. Carter Atwood’s 17-yard pass to Marshall and another completion to Nate Price helped set up the score.
Atwood’s 30-yard run would later set up a 28-yard touchdown run from Bryson Kimble.
Marshall would tack on a 65-yard touchdown and end the game with 110 yards on a mere two carries. Colton Grindstaff had a 25-yard run.
Paisley collected 30 yards rushing including his 12-yard touchdown and conversion run but the offense got plenty of help from the defense.
Maple led the way with six tackles. Atwood added five and two sacks. Marshall, Eli Tester and Paisley collected four apiece. Hunter McElyea and Ian Lewis recorded three each. Copper Murray, Brayden Dickens and Riley Henson had two each and Nate Price delivered a game-ending tackle.
The Longhorns were coming off a win over Cloudland from the previous Saturday.
Paisley scored a pair of touchdowns and ran for 105 yards. Atwood ran for 20 yards and added a 20-yard completion along with six tackles.
Colton Grindstaff provided a couple of bone crushing tackles and Daniel Yax collected one in the backfield. Tester was a force in the offensive line at his center spot.
“I’m proud of all these kids because they play hard,” said Coach Austin Atwood. “They all love to hit. They’ve worked hard in practice and it’s starting to show on the field. I couldn’t ask for a better coaching staff. They’re a huge part of our success too.”
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The Longhorns ran like a well-oiled machine led by the outstanding play of Kyle Sluder.
His 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter allowed Johnson County to tie the game at 6-6 after Hampton had scored. It stayed that way through halftime but the Longhorns broke it open in the third quarter.
Sluder’s 47-yard touchdown run stood tall and so did another 35-yard touchdown scamper from Jace Stout.
A 30-yard pass and circus catch from Carson Jennings to Ethan Stout would pretty much salt the game way from Johnson County.
“This was a great all-around performance from our kids,” said Coach Charlie Jennings. “They work hard in practice every day and they bring that on the field to the games.”
Travis Waspi had a strong game on the defensive line with five tackles. Corbin Presenll played lights out making 10 tackles to lead the defense.
Nate Dorman provided five tackles and some outstanding blocking in the offensive line along with Thunder Fletcher. Sam Cretsinger collected a touchdown saving tackle. Dylan Blevins and Gunter Hutchinson were singled out for their outstanding play.
Sluder led the offense with 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The team was coming off a big win over Cloudland from the previous Saturday.
Sluder scored a pair of touchdowns including one of 58 yards. Carson Jennings added a TD as did Jace Stout. Nathaniel Walker and Zachary Lunceford each had a two-point conversion.
Dorman led the defense with eight tackles. Stout was singled out for his outstanding defensive play as was Andrew Long.
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The Little Horns fell to Hampton 28-0 in their recent jamboree but took the Bulldogs down to the wire in this one.
It appeared like they might pull out a win but Camden Johnson’s 58-yard touchdown run got called back due to a holding infraction.
Grayson Hensley played a strong game and rushed for 80 yards.
Avery Blevins led the defense with an astounding 11 tackles.
Kingston Mills and Hunter Stanley provided some solid play in the offensive line. Matt Stout and Luke Cretsinger played hard during their time on the field.
“These little guys give it everything they’ve got,” said Coach Jamie Lundy. “I can’t believe how much we’ve improved since the jamboree. We have all young kids. We’re probably a year away from being a really good team.”