Warriors fall in defensive battle to Johnson County



In a defensive clash, Happy Valley came up just short.

The Warriors were unable to get back in front of Johnson County in a 14-7 defeat on Warrior Hill on Friday night. The loss drops HV to 5-2 on the year.

Offensive yards were at a premium throughout the night.

Johnson County broke onto the board early as Nathan Arnold found Shane Greer for a 16-yard touchdown. After a failed extra point, the Longhorns led 6-0.

Happy Valley, however, battled back. Dakota Cochran scored on a two-yard run, and Michael Harrah added the conversion kick as HV held a 7-6 advantage going to the second.

Johnson County’s defense rose to the occasion in a big way late in the second. The Warriors moved inside the Johnson County five-yard line. A fumble, however, bounced into the hands of Tyler Norris who raced 98 yards for the scoop and score.

That gave Johnson County a 14-7 advantage at the half.

Happy Valley moved the ball on the ground in the third quarter but was unable to capitalize as the Longhorn defense held strong. The Warriors had a chance to drive tie the game, but an interception ended the comeback bid.

Sams finished the game with 76 yards rushing on 15 carries while going 5-of-17 passing for 45 yards.

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