The Rangers scored often on Friday night. However, it wasn’t enough at the end of the night.
Unaka fought back from an early deficit but fell 60-32 to J.I. Burton (Va.) on Friday night.
The loss drops the Rangers to 1-4 on the season.
The Black Raiders opened the game in style as they took a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and extended the lead to 20-0 early in the second quarter. The Rangers responded with a 79-yard touchdown pass, and the two-point conversion pulled the Rangers within 12 with just over eight minutes to play in the half.
Burton answered midway through the quarter, but the Rangers scored late in the second quarter as Blake King hit Micah Hunt for a touchdown pass to close the gap to 28-16 at the half.
Hunt and the Rangers pulled within four points to open the third quarter as Hunt scored on a two-yard touchdown. After the Black Raiders answered on the ensuing drive, Hunt struck again with a three-yard run to cut the gap back to 36-32 with just over four minutes to play in the frame.
However, a pair of Burton touchdowns to end the third period gave the Black Raiders a 52-32 advantage heading into the final period. The Black Raiders added the game’s final touchdown with seven minutes to cap the scoring for the night.
The Rangers return to Stoney Creek on Friday night as they host county rival Happy Valley.