Longhorns beaten in home finalefrom staff reports
Johnson County (2-4, 5-4) showed at times that it belonged on the same field as undefeated Tennessee High Vikings (6-0, 9-0), but five turnovers prevented the Longhorns from keeping the score close on Friday night at Paul H. McEwen Stadium.
In their final home game of the season, the 'Horns were dealt a 43-14 Mountain Lakes Conference loss.
The 'Horns, who lost four fumbles and served up one interception, also gave up big yards on poor kicking coverage. All of the Vikings' first-half drives began within the Johnson County 40-yard line.
The Vikings, up only 10-0 midway through the second quarter, started to break free on Maurice Whitten's 13-yard scoring run. The 'Horns then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Tennessee High pounced on the opportunity, scoring on a 12-yard pass from Marcus Nidiffer to Nick Howington.
Up 24-0 at the half, the Vikings came back in the first five minutes of the third with two more touchdowns, including Matt Stickley's 35-yard interception return.
The Longhorns finally broke onto the scoreboard when Nathan Paisley had a 16-yard touchdown run with 10:23 left in the game.
Paisley put up superb numbers in the running department, gaining 152 yards on 32 rushes. He had 111 yards after halftime.
Nidiffer completed 9-of-16 passes for 135 yards.
The Vikings' final score came on Brandon Anderson's 78-yard kickoff return at the 10:03 mark of the fourth quarter. Anderson finished with 215 all-purpose yards.
Jeff Brinker added a 20-yard scoring run for the 'Horns, and Bobby Mounts booted two extra points.
The 'Horns will finish off the season when they travel to Sullivan South this Thursday.
Tennessee High will host unbeaten Sullivan East Patriots (6-0, 9-0) for the conference championship in a Friday night matchup.
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