By Tim Chambers
The popping of pads could be heard last Thursday as high school football teams got their first taste of practice in full gear. Johnson County has been hard at it since participating in the passing league at Hampton nearly two weeks ago.
Head coach Don Kerley and his staff are now preparing the Longhorns for their season opener against Sullivan East on August 23.
The Longhorns will have a new quarterback in 2019 with junior Stacy Greer currently the frontrunner for the job. The coaching staff will spend the next three weeks working with Greer on his accuracy, throwing the football. He has already shown the staff that’s he’s a quality runner.
Kerley stated that senior Jared Kimble had regained all of his speed and then some since breaking his leg at North Greene nearly two years ago.
“We would like for Stacy to play behind center because he’s only a junior,” said Kerley. “It also allows us to do a lot of with Jared who is probably our best receiver and running back.
Kerley said that the strength of his team so far has been the offensive line. They return starters John Stout, Ricky Fenner, and Lucas Walters upfront and L
ogan Gilley is another one who has two years experience as a starter.
The Horns will get battled-tested on Tuesday when they travel to Ridgeview Middle School to scrimmage Daniel Boone. The Trailblazers had possibly the top player in the area in running back Charlie Coe.
They also try and scrimmage Trinity later in the week.
“We want to scrimmage good teams and play against good players,” added Kerley. “We have some good team on our schedule this year, so this will give us some insight into the things we need to work on before our first game.”
Kerley said the new playing field is getting better each day and appears ready for play.
“We scrimmage on it one day and had nearly three inches of rain that night. I was out mowing it the next day. Had it been last year it would have been a week or more before we could have practiced on it again.”
The Longhorns will not be taking part in a jamboree this year.