Cloudland had an upset on the mind against Class 4A Sullivan East. However, it came up just a tad short.
The ‘Landers saw a hard fought effort fall short in a 30-22 decision to Sullivan East on a rainy Friday night at Orr Field. CHS dropped to 3-5 on the season.
Cloudland set the tone early with a methodical opening drive. Noah Arnett capped off the over six minute drive with a one-yard touchdown that was set up by a 24-yard Josh Blair run. The sophomore Blair added the two-point conversion as CHS held an 8-0 lead.
Sullivan East, however, answered quickly as Aaron Frye found the end zone on an eight-yard run. The ensuing two-point conversion tied the game at 8-8 which was the score at the ned of the first quarter.
Arnett struck to open the second quarter as the senior raced 63 yards for the touchdown. A pair of seniors added the conversion as Preston Benfield found Brinkley Mull to push the Cloudland lead to 16-8.
Frye found the end zone again on the next East drive as he found Gunner Griffith for a touchdown.
After the Patriots intercepted a Cloudland pass, Sullivan East added another Frye touchdown to take a 22-16 lead at the half.
Sullivan East opened the second half with a six-minute drive. However, the Cloudland defense stood strong and forced a punt. That set up Arnett’s third touchdown of the night as he raced 64 yards for the touchdown to tie the game. The teams would stay tied at 22-22 at the end of the third quarter.
The opening sequence of the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. Ace McCoy jumped on a blocked punt in the end zone to give SE a 30-22 lead. The ‘Landers continued to fight, but were unable to answer the score.
Arnett tallied 296 yards on 30 carries to lead the Cloudland offensive attack. Blair had seven carries for 27 yards and Benfield added 15 yards to the Cloudland cause.
Crumley had 68 yards to lead the Patriots.