The rain held off until halftime at Cloudland High School, but Longhorn fans were still faced with a downpour of costly mistakes and missed opportunities last Friday night in Roan Mountain. Practically everything that could go wrong did go wrong in the first quarter of the game, with the Highlanders winning the toss and then plowing their way through Johnson County’s defense after choosing to receive.
Within the first ten minutes of the game Cloudland was staring down the end zone and making drive after drive for first downs. Luckily the kick went wild on the Highlanders first touchdown, leaving the score 0-6 at the 5 minute mark, but the real trouble was just beginning.
A bad punt return and couple of missed passes left the offense struggling, but simple bad luck seemed to be hanging over the team, most memorably highlighted by a wild snap from Payton Fenner. Having made very little gain at all the offense was quickly forced to turn it back over to the Highlanders who then drove it in again for a second touchdown, this time with a successful two point conversion. More...
JCHS Volleyball gets first conference win; JV takes second in tourney
With several losses behind them, including a few very close calls that just didn’t go their way, the Lady Longhorn Volleyball team finally had a little luck last week, defeating the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils and coming in second in a regional Junior Varsity tournament hosted by Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, VA.
Johnson County had already beaten Unicoi at the very start of the season but that was an unofficial match and fans had no way of knowing if it would be the same situation as conference rivals in the regular season. As it turned out, the contest was a close one, with a huge Blue Devil fan base turning out to root their team to a first game victory 22-25.
Undeterred Johnson County bounced back in the second round and rolled their way through the next three despite repeated comebacks from Unicoi. “It was a good tight battle between the two teams but we just happened to pull them out,” said Head Coach Donna Poteet. “I think it was important for the girls not to play safe at the end of the game, to go for the score and to be successful. I think it helped their confidence a lot to be able to accomplish that.” More...