TOP PHOTO: It was a good day on the gridiron Tuesday morning for the Campbell Cougars as they hosted Knox Central of Barbourville, Kentucky.

Gavin makes a grab. Junior Gavin Owens hauls in a Landen Hensley pass on Tuesday morning. Owens had seven receptions in the spring game.

By Clayton Carroll

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Cougars welcomed the Panthers of Knox Central High School in Kentucky to John Reynolds Field on Tuesday for a 7-on-7 no pads, two-hand touch scrimmage. The two teams started with traditional warmups, stretches, and drills. After that, Campbell and Knox Central ran about 15 pass plays each.

Once the two teams were warmed up and had taken turns on offense, the official scrimmage began. Each team alternated possessions beginning on the forty yard line. Campbell County was led by junior quarterback Landen Hensley who drove his offense down the field and scored a touchdown on their first possession. Instead of kicking extra points, the ball was placed at the ten yard line to essentially act as a two point play attempt. Campbell County completed the play.

Then it was Knox Central’s turn with the ball. Knox Central would not score on their first drive as Campbell Co. intercepted the ball in the end zone. Unfortunately, Campbell would not capitalize, as they did not score on their next possession. When Knox Central took over the ball again, they scored in two plays, making the two point play as well.

Gavin Owens readies to make a touchdown catch in the west end zone on Reynolds Field.

On Campbell’s third drive, Landen Hensley led his team to the end zone on three plays, ending the drive with a successful two point play. Knox Central, however, would answer right back.

After the back-and-forth action, when the final whistle sounded, Campbell County ended up 17 of 33 through the air with four touchdowns, and three successful two point plays. Knox Central went 12 of 24 with one interception, three touchdowns, and two successful two point conversions.

Cougar Keagon Cowan eyes a potential touchdown catch.

After the scrimmage, I spoke with head football coach Justin Price. Price mentioned that the scrimmage was good for the team. He said that his team did a lot of things well that he is excited about. However, he did mention that there were some things that needed improvement.

I also spoke with him about the loss of key receivers such as Devon Jones, Mason Shanks, Peyton Ferguson, and lots of other critical seniors. Coach Price responded to that by saying the team is inexperienced at receiver. He mentioned though that having Landon Hensley back as a junior, gives him confidence in what our offense can do. He went on to praise our receivers for some of the good plays they made on the field, and said that they will only improve before game one.

Cougars prepare for Tuesday morning’s scrimmage.

Campbell County plays their first game of the season Thursday, August 17 at Halls with a kickoff time of 7 p.m. Les Martin and Brent Allen will be bringing you all of the coverage over our nine various media outlets here at WLAF.

Campbell Football 2023

Thu., Aug 17 AT Halls Red Devils – Rivalry Thursday

Fri., Aug. 25 Fulton Falcons HOME

Fri., Sep. 01 AT The Kings Academy Lions – 7:30pm kick-off

Fri., Sep. 08 Clinton Dragons# HOME

Fri., Sep. 15 AT Lenoir City Panthers#

Fri., Sep. 22 Daniel Boone Trailblazers HOMECOMING

Fri., Sep. 29 Gibbs Eagles HOME

Fri., Oct. 6 Karns Beavers# HOME – Senior Night

Fri. Oct. 13 OPEN DATE

Fri., Oct. 20 AT Morristown East Hurricanes

Thu., Oct. 26 AT Oak Ridge Wildcats#

ALL games kick-off at 7pm except The Kings Academy game, a 7:30pm kick-off

# – Region 3-AAAAA

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/12/2023-6AM)