The Highlanders used a stingy defensive effort to take a 28-7 victory over Harriman in the first round of the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs at Orr Field.
With the win, which was Cloudland’s fourth in a row, the ‘Landers (6-5) will host Oliver Springs (9-2) in the second round next Friday night.
CLOUDLAND TAKES CONTROL EARLY
In the early going, the ‘Landers’ offense was rolling.
Hunter Blair capped off a nine-play, 60-yard opening drive with a 4yard touchdown to open the scoring. Hunter Shell found Triston Lacy in the end zone for the two-point conversion.
After CHS forced Harriman off the field after a four-minute drive, Shell hit Gage McKinney in the middle of the field — and the freshman raced 93 yards for the score.
‘LANDER DEFENSE SETS TONE IN SECOND HALF
The Cloudland defense limited the Blue Devils basically all night.
Harriman scored on a 71-yard pass — despite strong coverage — in the second quarter to trim the lead. However, the second half saw CHS befuddle Harriman’s offensive attack.
For the game, Harriman was limited to 212 offensive yards.
The ‘Landers had Blair add a 6-yard touchdown before Seth Birchfield scored on a 3-yard run with 2:31 remaining to finish off the Blue Devils’ hopes.
Birchfield finished with 86 yards on 22 carries, while Blair had nine carries for 70 yards. Shell finished 5-of-7 for 177 yards.
Lacy tallied 82 yards on three catches.
Harriman’s Bradly Frost was 11-of-23 for 172 yards, while Kylann Love had four catches for 97 yards.
Cloudland will welcome Oliver Springs to Orr Field for the second round. The Bobcats defeated Jellico 42-6 in their opening-round contest.
The winner will face the winner of the Coalfield-Greenback game.