The Rangers hung on early. Unfortunately, Cosby had the firepower to pull away.

Unaka was unable to keep pace in the second half as they fell 36-14 to Cosby on Friday night on the road. It was the first of four road games for the Rangers.

Cosby struck first with a touchdown with just over four minutes to play in the first, and used that to take a 6-0 advantage into the second quarter.

Matt Lane found Bryce Poe in the second quarter to push the Cosby lead to 12-0 while Micah Hunt and the Rangers were unable to score before half.

After the Eagles opened the third quarter with a Lane touchdown, John Ramsey hit Jacob Day for a 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the Rangers’ gap to 20-8. The Unaka defense, however, was unable to keep Cosby out of the endzone on the next drive as Lane found Cody Earls for the score.

Unaka got back on the board when Blake King hit Hunter Bentley for an 11-yard score, but they were unable to make a rally in the closing minutes.

Hunt finished the game with 77 yards on 17 carries. Brandon Guinn tallied 68 yards on three catches, while Day ended the game with three catches for 21 yards. King went 4-of-10 passing for 88 yards, while Ramsey was 5-of-12 for 26 yards.

The Rangers return to the road as they travel to Concord Christian next Friday night for a 7 p.m., kick.

Photo courtesy of Chris Taylor/Newport Plain Talk