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Cloudland rolls past county rival Unaka

Matt Laws • Oct 4, 2019 at 10:59 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Cloudland took care of business in a Carter County clash. The Highlanders used the power run game to take a 44-20 victory over Unaka on Friday night.

It was the first game for Cloudland under the direction of interim coach Scott Potter.

Improving to 2-0 in Region 1-A and 2-4 overall, Cloudland continues to control its playoff destiny with one league game remaining against Jellico in two weeks.

Unaka fell to 1-6 overall and finished region play with an 0-3 mark.

EVEN FIRST QUARTER

The Rangers set a defensive tone early.

After Cloudland took the opening drive inside the red zone, Unaka’s Daniel Shearl picked up a fumble and raced 90 yards for a defensive touchdown.

The ’Landers methodically moved the ball on the ensuing drive, which was capped off by Seth Birchfield’s 30-yard scoring run. Hunter Blair added the two-point conversion to give CHS an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

CLOUDLAND TAKES CONTROL

Cloudland’s rushing attack took over in the second quarter.

The ’Landers scored on all three of their possessions. Hunter Blair produced a pair of 8-yard touchdowns while Triston Lacy added an 11-yard run.

CHS limited Unaka to just 14 plays in the half, while the Cloudland offense ran 38 plays.

BACK AND FORTH THIRD QUARTER

Unaka opened the second half with a quick strike as Landon Ramsey found Drew Smith for a 62-yard touchdown, but the ’Landers answered on an 8-yard Birchfield scoring run. Logan Benway kept the back-and-forth going by scoring on Unaka’s next drive to trim the CHS lead to 18.

Lacy and the ‘Landers, however, struck on the ensuing kickoff as the senior returned the kick 80 yards for the touchdown.

LEADERS

Lacy finished with 162 yards on 17 carries, while Blair and Birchfield had 89 and 82 yards, respectively.

Ramsey was 12-of-23 for 181 yards and two scores to lead the Rangers. Devin Ramsey has five catches, while Benway finished with 82 yards on 16 carries.

UP NEXT

Cloudland is set to host Hampton for homecoming next Friday, while Unaka will have a bye.

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