The tales of second half continue for the Warriors.
Happy Valley outscored 27-7 in the second half to spoil Unicoi County’s homecoming night with a 34-19 win on Friday at Gentry Stadium. The win is a reverse of their fortune in the season’s first two games that ended with losses.
The Warriors improve to 1-2 on the year while the Blue Devils fall to 2-2.
Happy Valley out gained the Blue Devils 364 to 225 with the majority coming in the second half.
Unicoi County struck early in the first quarter when Hunter Hensley hit junior Shaddon Peavyhouse from 35 yards out to put the Blue Devils on the board.
Happy Valley launched right back using just one play on the night drive with Sage Haun connecting with Josh Hammonds for a 63-yard touchdown reception. Justin Morefield’s point-after attempt put the Warriors up at the end of the first, 7-6.
Blue Devil senior Eli Gillis hauled in Hensley’s second touchdown throw from 34 yards to give Unicoi County the 12-7 lead heading to halftime.
Then came the tomahawk chop by the Warriors.
Austin Hicks (17 carries, 62 yards) rattled off three touchdown runs in the second half while Haun (10-15, 202 yards, 2TDs) connected with Jose Burgos from 33 yards to prop up the score, 21-12, at the end of the third.
Hammonds led all receivers with six catches for 132 yards. Mookie Madison led the Warriors on the ground with 23 carries for 112 yards to pace the Happy Valley rushing attack.
Hensley finished the night for Unicoi County, tossing six completions on 16 attempts for 120 yards. Backup quarterback Kendrick Williams also tossed a touchdown pass to freshman Brett Strother late in the fourth quarter to give the Blue Devils their final score.
Hammonds and Madison each had an interception for the Warriors while Seth Chesser and Brayden Sams also had a fumble recovery for Happy Valley and Demetrius Canter and Dustun Sams also added a sack apiece.