Johnson County prevails over Cloudland in rain-drenched clash, 47-24

Published 9:08 am Monday, September 11, 2023

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By Lisa Benfield
MOUNTAIN CITY – In a thrilling contest that unfolded amid sporadic rain showers in Mountain City, the Johnson County Longhorns managed to secure a convincing 47-24 victory over the Cloudland Highlanders. With both teams now boasting a 2-2 record for the season, this showdown was a critical juncture in their respective campaigns.
The game kicked off with a bang, as Johnson County’s Juan Mejia set the tone with a 19-yard touchdown run on the opening drive. Not to be outdone, Cloudland’s Kyle Birchfield swiftly responded with an 11-yard rushing touchdown of his own. The first quarter concluded with the scoreboard evenly poised at 6-6.
A pivotal moment in the second quarter saw Cloudland embark on a time-consuming drive that nearly consumed the entire quarter, only to falter on the seven-yard line, resulting in a turnover on downs. Capitalizing on this opportunity, Juan Mejia of Johnson County showcased his electrifying talent, embarking on a spectacular 93-yard touchdown run. The Longhorns further extended their lead when Connor Simcox connected with Rhudy for a 19-yard touchdown pass. As the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime, Johnson County held a commanding 20-6 advantage.
In the third quarter, Cloudland’s Bryce Birchfield made a significant contribution by completing a pass to Auston Caraway, which culminated in a three-yard rushing touchdown by Kyle Birchfield. However, Johnson County remained undeterred, adding two more touchdowns to their tally. The scoreline at the conclusion of the third quarter favored Johnson County, standing at 35-12.
Cloudland continued to fight valiantly in the fourth quarter, with Kyle Birchfield scoring a 15-yard touchdown on a wildcat keeper and adding another score to his impressive performance. Nevertheless, Johnson County held their ground, ultimately clinching a well-deserved victory.
This captivating clash showcased the determination and resilience of both teams, with Johnson County’s Mejia and Cloudland’s Birchfield brothers putting on a remarkable display of skill and athleticism. In the end, it was the Longhorns who emerged victorious, leaving their home crowd in jubilation as they celebrated this hard-fought triumph.

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