By Tim Chambers
Mountain City proved to be a hostile neighborhood for “Mr. Rodgers” and Grayson County’s football team on Friday night at Paul H. McEwen Stadium. The Longhorn defense earned redemption in their 26-10 win over the Blue Devils.
Grayson County (1-1) entered the game with a squad comprised of 16 seniors and their highly talented quarterback, Max Rodgers. The Devils won 28 games over a three-year span and made three consecutive playoff appearances, but this night belonged to the Longhorns’ defense after giving up 62 points to Tennessee High in their season opener.
“We’ve practiced hard for two weeks preparing for this game,” said Johnson County head coach Mike Atwood. “We knew a loss could damage our season. I was proud of our defensive backs because they did what we practiced all week, and you want guys that do what you tell them. Their quarterback can throw it on the money, so it definitely was a super effort. It was a good defensive effort by our entire team. It was a huge win over a very good football team.”