Happy Valley struck early and never looked back.
The Warriors took a 41-0 victory over county foe Unaka on Friday night on Stoney Creek in a game that featured a lengthy weather delay. With the win, Happy Valley improves to 5-1 on the season, while Unaka falls to 1-5.
HV set the tone early.
On the game’s second offensive play, Eli Ayers found Will Tittle for a 68-yard touchdown to give HV the lead in the opening minute. After Unaka went three-and-out, the Warriors quickly moved down the field to take a 12-0 lead with a Jordan Campbell touchdown from 14 yards out.
The Rangers were unable to get anything going on the next drive, and Matthew Bahn would give HV an 18-0 advantage on the next drive to cap off the first quarter.
The teams traded punts over the next two drives. Logan Benway had a pair of big carries for the Rangers, but Unaka was unable to take advantage of the momentum.
Happy Valley broke back onto the board in the second as Baun scored on a 65-yard touchdown to give HV a 26-0 advantage at the end fo the first half. The game was delayed over an hour due to lightning with two minutes left in the second quarter.
In the second half, it was much the same.
Cameron Sloane caught an Ayers pass for a touchdown early in the third quarter. Unaka continued to battle behind Landon Ramsey, Daniel Shearl and Benway, but was unable to get anything going offensively.
Ayers finished the game 11-of-14 for 169 yards, while Tittle had 87 yards on four catches. Campbell and Bahn had 96 and 89 yards, respectively.
Happy Valley outgained Unaka 374-15 in the game.
Unaka returns to action next Friday as Cloudland visits for a Region 1-A clash, while Happy Valley will be off before hosting Johnson County on Oct. 11.