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Cougars defeat Seymour 35-13

The Cougars had a bounce back game this week against the Seymour Eagles. A week after a tough outing agaisnt Oak Ridge, the Eagles came to town hoping to catch the Cougars down from that loss and distracted by homecoming.

The game got underway at 7:30, the heat of the prior hours blunted, but a steamyness would hang in the air, relentlessly, as the game unfolded.

The Cougars would have the ball first. They drove it just over midfield to the Seymour 41 yard line before facing a punt. CJ Allen booted the ball down to the 18 yard line. The Cougar defense seemed to have Seymour stopped cold but a 15 yard late hit on 3rd and 9 got the Eagles out of trouble. The Eagle quarterback got a long run, then hit a pass and Seymour took the 6-0 lead after a failed xp.

The Cougars hit the field on offense after the Seymour kick sailed out of bounds. Once more the offense couldn’t get going, and the drive ended after a Hunter White pass over the middle was dropped. Allen punted to the Eagles again.

This time the Cougar defense made sure the Eagles wouldn’t gain any offensive momentum. They stuffed the Seymour run on 4th and 1, giving the offense the ball back on their own 37 yard line.

On this drive White began peppering passes to MaKyle Shepherd, interspersed with CJ Allen dashing through the holes his front line was blowing in the Seymour front seven, as the first quarter came to a close the Cougars found themselves in Eagle territory. White picked up where he left off in the second quarter. He his freshman Mason Shanks over the middle for a nice gain, then turned to his seniors, Devlin Dukes and Anthony Gaylor. Gaylor took as pass, made some nifty moves and was finally forced out at the two yard line. Allen lined up at quarterback in the big package. Jadon White opened a truck sized hole and Allen took full advantage, plowing into he endzone. Thomas Johnson booted the xp through the uprights and the Cougars were up 7-6.

The Cougar defense once more bottled up Seymour, this time near midfield. Forcing the Eagle punt. It didn’t take long for the offense to strike again once they secured the ball. Hunter White hit Devlin Dukes on a 25 yard pass play and the Cougar offense was off to the races. White hit Shepherd for 7 more yards and the Cougars were at the Seymour 32. Allen did the rest, ripping off a 32 yard touchdown run. Johnson nailed another xp and it was 14-6 CCHS.

The next defensive series was similar to the one prior. Javan Mcculley, Desmond Gilbert, Allen, Blake Taylor, Michael Brown, Cobey Rains, Daymon Seiber and Jadon White all were gang tackling the Eagles. Once more they had to punt. The offense once again struck quickly.

White hit Dukes for a 45 yard gain as Dukes flew past the defense. White fired a pass to Mason Shanks who ran over a couple of Eagles on his way to the five yard line. White then hit Shepherd for a five yard td pass. The Cougars had went 65 yards in three plays. Their second three play touchdown drive in a row.

Shepherd’s pass catching prowess on offense wasn’t wasted when he played defense. He snatched an Eagle pass out of the air just before the half near the goal line to shut down a potential Eagles score before half.

The second half would go much like the first. White got Gavin Newman and Wyatt Sharp involved to give the Cougars another more catching threats. CJ Allen kept hitting the holes Ben Conrad, Chaz Duverney, Brennon Byrge, Caleb Osborne and Carson Meade were giving him. The Cougar defense continued getting stops, including Shepherd’s second interception of the game. There were seniors making plays, like Devlin Dukes fake punt reception that kept the Seymour offense on the sidelines, and players from every other class made them too. It was a total team effort on a night of relentless heat and humidity.

The full harvest moon hung over the Cougar Fieldhouse the entire game and the Cougars harvested another win to move to 3-1 on the season. White spreading the ball to a multitude of receivers was the thing that had been missing from the Cougar offense this season. It felt like he took another big step on his path to being the complete passing quarterback the Price era is famous for. Allen continued to improve as well. He had close to 200 yards on the ground and did it with his explosive playmaking. He didn’t have to touch the ball as much to get those yards and his three touchdowns.

Outside of a few penalties the Cougar defense played much better than last week. Seymour has a very athletic quarterback who in the part would have given the Cougars trouble with his legs. But they held him to one long play and otherwise shut him down. The Eagles final touchdown came with just over a minute to go in the 4th quarter against mostly future Cougar starters.

Up next for the Cougars is a 2-2 Gibbs team who handily defeated Morristown East last night. Last year the Cougars were dominating the Eagles when Landon Addington was knocked out of the game and Gibbs made an improbable rally. The game, like last year’s, is at Gibbs.

Seymour Generosity

The Eagles students took it upon themselves to make a large banner and sign it for young Jack Price. The amazing young people also raised 1200 dollars for the Price family. The youth in East Tennessee are doing amazing things. The JROTC of Campbell County have themselves raised close to 10,000 dollars for the Price family.

Humphrey Arrested On Drug Charges

Deputy Nathaniel Bostic did not have to go far to get his suspect on Tuesday. Reports came into the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department that a vehicle had ran over a curve outside the County Court Clerk’s office. Deputy Bostic made contact with Haley Humphrey, 23 of Jacksboro, who was getting into the driver’s seat of her vehicle through the passenger side’s door.

When Deputy Bostic went to speak to Humphrey he noticed a hypodermic needle laying on top of the emergency break. He then requested that Humphrey exit the vehicle. Deputy Bostic and Lieutenant Mallory Campbell then conducted a search of the vehicle. The search turned up quite the array of illegal substances. A small baggy of a powdery substance was found in a bag in the backseat, a crystal like substance consistent with methamphetamine was found in the backseat, and another baggy with a dissolvable strip and another half of a dissolvable strip with cartoon characters on them were also found. According to the report this turned out to be 9 grams of cocaine, half a gram of methamphetamine, and a stip and a half of LSD.

Humphrey was taken into custody and walked to the jail. She is charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, and two counts of Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Longmire Arrested In Dawn Raid

On Tuesday morning September 10th, at approximately 7am, investigators from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at 245 College Park Road, home of Ronald James Longmire age 48. Investigators had made several buys of schedule II controlled substance from this location prior to the execution of the warrant.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team was activated to secure the location during the execution of the warrant. Investigators recovered large amount of schedule II ( oxycodone), several firearms, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Longmire was taken into custody and is facing charges of, 2 counts of schedule II controlled substance for sell. 1 count of possession of firearms in commission of a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trio Nabbed At Tire Shop

A multi month investigation led LaFollette Police to raid Kitts Tire Shop on Old Jacksboro Pike. Three arrests were made when the LPD entered the building.

Joe Ted Kitts was arrested on a felony theft warrant.

Chris Stinson was arrested on a pair of counts of possession of a Schedule II drug.

Randy Partin was arrested one a count of possession of a Schedule II drug.

Jellico Woman Faces Federal Kidnapping Charges

Dallas Anna Chain Perkins, age 25 of Jellico, was indicted for kidnapping by a federal grand jury in London, Kentucky. The indictment stems from events in 2018 where Perkins and a trio of Corbin residents ( Douglas M. Edmonson, 36, Bryanna Soper, 25, and Erik Peace, 32) used an unidentified Facebook account to lure their victim out and assault her. According to reports the quartet transported the victim across state lines during the course of the kidnapping and held her against her will into the next day. The report goes on to state that the purpose of this was to gain some measure of revenge over the suspected theft of an unknown quantity accused her of stealing the methaf methamphetamine.

The investigation started in August of 2018 when the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Whitley County, Kentucky Police investigated a death and a pair of homemade pipe bombs. The body of a 19 year old man was discovered and according to witnesses was last in the company of Perkins, Edmondson, Peace, and Soper. When interviews about the death began one of the people interviewed was the victim of the kidnapping.

According to the victim Edmondson accused her of stealing the methamphetamine. Edmondson is then reported to have messaged the victim through another person wanting to by the methamphetamine. The victim agreed to meet the person in Newcomb. The victim goes on to say that she was met by Edmondson, who brandished a firearm, and that Perkins and Soper forced the victim into the vehicle. In the report the victim alleges that she was blindfolded and then taken to an unknown at the time residence and bound with rope to a chair. She then said that Perkins, Edmondson, Soper, and Peace snorted methamphetamine off of her leg. The victim also stated that she was told that she was going to die and that she overheard conversations about how they planned to dispose of her body.

Their court dates have yet to be scheduled. Each faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office and court documents.

The investigation was conducted by the ATF London Office, the Kentucky State Police, and Williamsburg Police Department. The United States is represented by Assistant United States Attorney Jenna E. Reed.