By Rick Sheek
Johnson County and Unicoi County are each longshots to reach the state football playoffs, but pride will certainly be on the line on Friday night at Paul H. McEwen Stadium.
The visiting Blue Devils (1-2, 2-4) ended a four-game losing streak with a romp at Sullivan East in Three Rivers Conference action a week ago. After a huge win in knocking off rival Hampton on the road, Johnson County (0-2, 2-4) was grounded with another tough defeat at the hands of Sullivan North.
Mountain City is the site where two once proud programs are battling to climb back to respectability.