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Blue Devils have easy time with Huskies

Gene Renfro • Aug 31, 2018 at 10:51 PM

ERWIN — Unicoi County started quick and tamed the Huskies of North Greene 53-8 Friday night to reach a level by the Blue Devils’ program not seen this century.

The Blue Devils improved to 3-0, which is first time Unicoi County started a season with three straight wins since the 1993. UC looks for a 4-0 start next week against Happy Valley.

Unicoi had not beaten a team by 45 points or more this century, either. The largest margin of victory this century was last year’s 43-0 win at North Greene. The Blue Devils also hit the 50-point mark for the third time in the last four years.

“The first two games we played well, but we didn’t start well so we said the start needed to be a focus,” Unicoi County head coach Drew Rice said. “Credit to our guys for a good week of preparation for the first game in the region. This is a big one, and one down. The guys are locked in and doing what we ask them to do.”

North Greene slipped to 0-3 before next week’s homecoming game against Cosby.

Thompson throwing touchdowns

Unicoi County sophomore quarterback Brock Thompson got his arm loose Friday. He was 6 for 7 in the first quarter, and five of those throws went for touchdowns as the Blue Devils led 39-0 after 12 minutes. Thompson accounted for 231 passing yards.

His favorite target was Brett Strother, who hauled in four catches for 189 yards. Strother had touchdown catches of 39, 35 and 80 yards.

Gavin Keasling and Austin O’Dell caught scoring throws of 22 and 20, respectively.

“They’re a huge part of our offense,” Rice said about Thompson and Strother. “They’re special players. We had some success running the ball the last two weeks, so our passing game hadn’t got going. That was a focus to get them going early.”

Blue Devils add points

Unicoi’s other first-quarter score was a Noah White 64-yard gallop.

The last score in the opening half took the form of a Ty Wilson 4-yard run.

Unicoi dded a fourth-quarter score late as freshman Isaiah Smith broke loose for a 55-yard TD.

Defensive Blue Devils

North Greene’s offense was stymied. The Huskies covered 91 yards in the first half on 24 offensive plays. That accounted for four first downs.

Quarterback Briggs Kiker had pass completions of 27 and 35 yards, both to Ethan Atnip.

The Huskies prevented a shutout when Carter Church broke through for a 16-yard TD run. That score came with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Unicoi allowed a total of 165 offensive yards, yielding less than three yards per rush (30-86).

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