‘Landers outpace Vikings for road win

Carter County Sports

In a game that featured just over 1,000 combined offensive yards, Cloudland had too much firepower.

The ‘Landers ran wild en route to a 68-30 victory over rival Avery County (N.C.) in Friday night at MacDonald Stadium in Newland.

With the win, Cloudland improves to 2-1 on the year.

Cloudland jumped out early after recovering the opening kick.

Jordan Coffey capped off a three-play drive with a four-yard touchdown just over a minute into the game. After forcing the Vikings off the field quickly, Josh Blair capped off another drive with a 12-yard run as the ‘Landers took a 14-0 advantage. The Vikings, however, weren’t going quietly as Jonas Bowman hit Troy Hoilman for a short touchdown to cut the CHS lead to 14-6 going to the second quarter.

Conor Birchfield and Blair struck midway through the second as Cloudland pushed the lead to 30-6 with just over five minutes left in the second quarter.

After Avery got back on the board, the ‘Landers saw Triston Lacy score on a 10-yard run to cap off the first half scoring and send CHS to the locker room with a 36-12 lead at the half.

The third quarter saw Cloudland take complete control.

Coffey scored on a nine-yard run to open the scoring and Hunter Blair added a short touchdown to counter a pair of Avery touchdowns. J. Blair and H. Blair each scored late in the third quarter as Cloudland took a 68-24 lead into the final quarter.

Coffey finished the game with 197 yards on 20 carries, while J. Blair had 108 yards on seven carries. Lacy finished with 151 all-purpose yards.

Malachi Benfield was 4-of-5 passing for 100 yards.

Cloudland is set to open the home portion of their schedule next week as they welcome Hancock County to Orr Field.

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