Cloudland looked to play spoiler on Friday night. However, Johnson County wasn’t having any part of it.
The ‘Landers were unable to hand the Longhorns their first loss of the season in a 30-16 decision in Mountain City. Cloudland falls to 7-2 on the season.
Johnson County opened the game with a solid drive that saw Nathan Arnold hit Shane Greer for a 14-yard touchdown. That gave the Longhorns an early 7-0 lead.
Cloudland, however, answered with a methodical 80-yard drive. That drive was capped off when Jordan Coffey dived into the end zone from two-yards out. Malachi Benfield hit Hayden Houston in the end zone for the conversion as CHS held an 8-7 advantage.
Gage Hampton responded for the Longhorns on the first play of the second quarter. The conversion attempt failed as Johnson County held a 13-8 advantage until Arnold added a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:18 left in the half to push the lead to 20-8.
The ‘Landers, however, continued to fight in the final seconds of the half. Malachi Benfield hit Triston Lacy for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter to trim the CHS deficit to 20-16 at the half.
The Longhorns regained control in the second half by dominating the time of possession.
Hampton added a 3-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to give the Longhorns an 11-point advantage and a fourth-quarter field goal set the final margin.
Josh Blair had 55 yards on eight carries, while Benfield had 13 carries for 56 yards. Coffey added 36 yards to the ‘Lander cause.
Benfield was 5-of-13 passing for 85 yards. Defensively, Dillon Johnson and KJ Arnold had 12 and 9 tackles, respectively.
Cloudland is set to host Copper Basin next Friday night.