HV takes county clash over Unaka



In a county clash, Happy Valley had the upper hand on Friday night.

The Warriors saw Matthew Bahn score four touchdowns to power HV to a 33-6 victory over Unaka in nonconference action on Warrior Hill. With the win, Happy Valley improved to 3-2 on the year, while the Rangers moved to 2-2 on the season.

In the opening minutes, Happy Valley had no problem getting the offense going.

After a lengthy kickoff return by Matthew Bahn, the senior running back carried the ball four times with the fourth carry being a 17-yard touchdown run as HV took a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the game.

The Rangers were unable to get anything going on their opening drive of the game.

Happy Valley saw a 10-play drive that covered 62 yards culminating in a seven-yard touchdown by Bahn. That gave HV a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Ranger defense came up big early in the second quarter as Jamol Blamo intercepted an HV pass at the goal line to give Unaka a little momentum. The Rangers, however, were unable to get anything going and were forced to punt.

Happy Valley took advantage of the field position as Bahn scored on a 13-yard run. Eli Ayers found Landon Babb for the two-point conversion as the Warriors took a 21-0 lead.

Unaka saw the offense move into scoring position on the ensuing drive, but Happy Valley’s Andrew Little nabbed an interception in the endzone to stop the UHS drive and preserve the 21-0 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, Bahn scored his fourth touchdown of the night – this one on a 16-yard run to open the second-half scoring.

A hard fighting Unaka squad got on the board on the ensuing drive as Landon Ramsey hit Daniel Shearl for a 23-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

From there, the teams traded possessions until HV capped the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ayers to Alex Lunceford in the closing minutes.

Bahn finished the night with 274 yards on 30 carries. Little had six carries for 68 yards, while Nickles had 50 yards on seven carries. Happy valley finished the night with 395 yards rushing.

Ayers finished the night 5-of-9 for 43 yards.

Unaka was led by Drew Smith who rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries. Ramsey finished 10-of-21 passing for 98 yards.

Devin Ramsey and Shearl had 45 and 36 yards receiving, respectively.

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