Cloudland rolls past Unaka for Homecoming win

Carter County Sports

It was home, sweet home for Cloudland on Friday night.

The ‘Landers celebrated Homecoming 2018 with a 64-0 victory over Unaka in Region 1-A action at Orr Field.
Cloudland improved to 5-1 on the year with a 2-0 mark in Region 1-A action, while Unaka fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in region action.

The ‘Landers took control of the game on the opening drive.

Triston Lacy caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Malachi Benfield, and Jordan Coffey added the conversion to give CHS an 8-0 lead. The Rangers moved the ball on the ensuing drive, but a fumble deep in Cloudland territory ended the drive.

Coffey gave the ‘Landers a 14-0 advantage going to the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run late in the first stanza.

The senior Coffey struck again in the opening minute of the second quarter as the running back found his way into the end zone from six yards out. On the two-point conversion, Josh Blair completed an incredible one-handed sang of a Benfield pass to push the lead to 22-0.

After Lacy intercepted a Ranger pass, Benfield broke free for a 21-yard touchdown. The ‘Landers brought out a pair of trick plays later in the quarter as Coffey caught a pitch from Blair to complete a 41-yard hook and ladder, and Lacy took a lateral and found Coffey for a 41-yard touchdown on the double pass to give Cloudland a 44-0 lead at the break.

The Rangers were unable to get anything going to open the second half despite a hard-fought effort. Benfield added a six-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Damien Black and Seth Birchfield each added a touchdown for CHS in the fourth quarter.

Coffey ran for 109 yards on 12 carries, while Conner Birchfield ran for 60 yards. S. Birchfield and Black finished with 55 and 40 yards rushing apiece.

Benfield ended the game 5-of-9 passing and finished with 109 passing yards and 32 rushing yards.

John Boy Ramsey finished the game 11-of-21 for 170 yards to pace Unaka. Devin Ramsey had 59 yards receiving, while Logan Fulton had 40 yards receiving. Logan Benway led Unaka with 38 yards on the ground.

Cloudland is set to host Hampton next Friday, while the Rangers will host Unicoi County.

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