Happy Valley’s taffy-like defense got stretched to the max by Johnson
County but it never fell apart despite the Longhorns dominated time of
possession in the second half.
The Warriors’ sticky defense turned the Longhorns away four times after they had got down inside their 25-yard line and held on to win 13-6 on homecoming Friday on top of Warrior Hill.
It was their first win over the Horns since 2013 but it didn’t come easy.
The Warriors had no trouble scoring on their first drive marching 62
yards in just five plays.
A 38 yard pass from Eli Ayers to Will Tittle to the 2-yard line helped
setup Jordan Campbell’s 2-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 after
Cameron Cochran’s PAT with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter.
Johnson County answered the bell with a 67-yard scoring drive midway
through the second quarter. Curtis Lowe bulled his way in from 6-yards
out by the PAT kick was wide right leaving the Tribe on top 7-6 with
6:20 remaining in the half.
The Warriors got great field position on the ensuing kickoff gaining
possession at their own 44. Behind the strong running of Matthew
Bahn they were able to score at the 4:42 mark with Bahn doing the
honors from 4-yards out after his runs of 17 and 11 yards.
The score stood that way for the remainder of the game although
Johnson County was knocking at the door on a several occasions.
The drove to the 13-yard line only to have Will Tittle pick off a pass at
the goal line to stop one scoring threat.
The Longhorns found ways of moving the football thinks to Lowe’s
efforts but couldn’t find paydirt on the Warriors’ defense.
They were stopped after reaching the 12 on their final possession in the
fourth quarter thanks to a sack by Luke Roberts that threw a monkey
wrench into a possible game winning score and two-point conversion.
Happy Valley was able to run out the clock by picking up a first down on
their final possession on runs by Bahn, Campbell and Tittle.
Bahn rushed for 98 yards on 12 carries to lead the Warriors ground
game. Campbell added 75 yards on 19 carries.
Ayers threw for 78 yards and ran for 28 more.
Lowe led Johnson County with 148 yards on 20 carries.
Happy Valley (6-1) will travel to Sullivan North on Friday to try and keep
pace with South Greene for the conference championship.
Johnson County now 3-4 will play at North Greene in another non-