By Tim Chambers
Johnson County Middle School has yet to play a varsity football game, but the seventh grade team finally got one under its belt. The Longhorns fought hard and played well before falling to Chuckey-Doak 8-0 on Tuesday night inside of Paul McEwen Stadium.
It was the first game of any type of the middle school team who was scheduled to play Cloudland on the 29 and 31.
The Horns had very little trouble moving the football to start the game but failed to reach the end zone.
A 15-yard pass from Tanner Marshall to Isaiah Wills netted 18 yards; then Wills broke off a 20-yard run to get inside the red zone.
The drive stalled when Doak’s defense mustered a couple of tackles that resulted in losses, forcing the Horns to run it over on downs.
Johnson County was unable to move the football after that allowing the Black Knights to escape with a narrow win.
Willis ended the game with 30 yards on six carries and led the team in tackles with eight. Preston Greer added seven tackles. Zane Jarrels and Shawn Forrester provided five tackles apiece. Trevor Henson, Nick Speed, Jacob Phipps each collected four.
A fumble recovery by Wills kept the Black Knights out of the end zone after they had moved the ball inside the five.
Head coach Devin Shaw touched on their performance.
“I felt like we played pretty well on defense but mistakes and penalties killed us. We moved it well on our first drive but couldn’t score. It was the first game for many of our kids. We did okay but still have a lot of things to work on.”
Chuckey-Doak’s points came on a touchdown run and safety.