Avery County shakes off Highlanders in second half

Johnson City Press • Sep 28, 2019 at 12:30 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN—Troy Hoilman passed for four touchdowns on Friday night at Orr Field, where Avery County won 42-16 over a Cloudland team that hung tough for almost three quarters.

Hoilman threw for a pair of scores in each half, finding Ty Smith (9, 4 yards) for the Vikings’ first two scores and hitting Chad Giarrusso (6, 10 yards) on their final two TDs. The quarterback completed 24 of his 33 passes for 164 yards.

After falling behind 14-0, the Highlanders (1-4) battled back to trail only 21-16 at the half. Triston Lacy scored on a 4-yard scamper, Mason Thomas’ countered by taking the ensuing kickoff all the way (88 yards), then Lacy caught a 48-yard TD pass from Hunter Shell.

Furthermore, Lacy topped off both touchdowns with a two-point conversion run.

Lucas Andrews’ 5-yard TD run with 58 seconds to go in the third put Avery up 28-16.

Lacy (197 all-purpose yards) rushed for 101 yards on 27 attempts, with Seth Birchfield adding 70 yards on 15 carries. Hunter Blair added 15 attempts for 55 yards as the Highlanders gained 250 of their 309 yards from scrimmage on the ground.

Cloudland outgained the Vikings (266 yards) in total offense, but lost three fumbles to Avery’s one.

The Vikings (3-2) got nine catches from Giarrusso (65 yards) and eight by Smith (48). Andrews finished with 88 yards on 13 carries and was in on 16 tackles (4 solo).

For Cloudland defensively, Birchfield had four individual stops and three assists. Bentley Gilbert made two tackles for loss.

Unicoi County 28, Sullivan East 22

BLUFF CITY—Kody Lewis rushed for 268 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, ushering the Blue Devils to a come-from-behind victory over Sullivan East.

Searching for their first victory, the Patriots took leads of 8-0 and 15-7 before a 27-yard Lewis score and Miguel Vasquez point-after kick pulled Unicoi within a point at halftime.

Lewis broke a 66-yard run to set up his 1-yard touchdown that put the Devils in front. Before the third quarter was through, he went 88 yards to the end zone to make it a 28-15 game.

East battled back with a 19-yard TD run by quarterback Dylan White before moving the ball back into UC territory. With 3:03 to play, however, Broke Thompson broke up a pass that Michael Harrington intercepted at around the 30-yard line. From there, Devils were able to run out the clock.

Eric Hare opened the Patriots’ scoring with a 10-yard run. After Diego Diaz posted a 2-yard TD for the Devils, White scored from a yard away.

Happy Valley 41, Unaka 0

ELIZABETHTON — The Warriors piled up 374 yards of offense in their shutout win over the Rangers.

Eli Ayers connected on 11 of 14 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Will Tittle was his favorite target, hauling in four catches for 87 yards — including a 37-yard touchdown.

Cameron Sloane had an 8-yard touchdown catch and also recovered a fumble on defense.

Effective on the ground, Jordan Campbell had nine rushes for 96 yards and Matthew Bahn had four rushes for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Andrew Little had an interception and led the Warrior defense — which held Unaka to minus-12 rushing and 15 yards of total offense.

Mitchell County 48, East Henderson 7

BAKERSVILLE, N.C.—Noah Pitman had a hand in six touchdowns, he and Tanner Duncan each topped the 100-yard rushing mark and the Mountaineers blasted East Henderson.

Although just 6 of 17 for 78 yards through the air, Pitman fired three scoring passes — two to Ty Pitman and one to Tyler McKinney. The Mitchell County quarterback also rushed times times for 101 yards and three TDs.

Duncan racked up 135 rushing yards, also on nine carries — with Logan Hudgins rushing four times for 94 yards. Ty Sparks contributed a rushing score.

Defensively for the Mountaineers, Caius Peterson registered 9.5 tackles (9 unassisted) — five of them for negative yardage. Cameron Greene contributed seven solo stops.

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