Rangers Lose Heartbreaker At North Greene



It was a tale of two halves for Unaka on Friday night.

The Rangers were unable to hold off a North Greene charge in the second half as Unaka fell 22-20 to the Huskies in Baileyton in Region 1-A action.

With the loss, Unaka falls to 2-2 in region action and 2-6 overall.

Unaka was in control in the opening half.

The Rangers opened the scoring as Connor McKinney scored on a short run midway through the first quarter, and UHS maintained a 6-0 lead after a quarter of play.

On the first play of the second quarter, the Rangers pushed the lead to 14-0 when Brynin Repass made an impressive catch on a pass from McKinney as UHS took a 14-0 lead.

The teams swapped interceptions later in the quarter with AJ Greenless nabbing a North Greene pass for the Rangers.

North Greene was knocking on the door in the final minute of the half, but Greenless scored an interception in the endzone to preserve a 14-0 lead for Unaka at the half.

North Greene started to seize momentum in the second half.

Colton Robbins blocked a punt and returned it for a North Greene touchdown and the Huskies tied the game two minutes into the half as Yeshua Vaught scored on a two-yard run.

The Vaught touchdown was set up by an NG interception.

North Greene took its first lead of the night late in the third quarter with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the endzone.
NG led 22-14 after three quarters of play.

Unaka kept battling in the final quarter.

The Rangers answered with under four minutes to play when McKinney found Repass on a screen. Unaka, however, was stopped on the two-point conversion.

The Rangers nearly recovered the ensuing onside kick before it slid out of bounds.

After the Unaka defense forced North Greene into a three-and-out, the Rangers were unable to mount a rally in the closing minute.

McKinney finished the game 11-of-19 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns and also added 35 rushing yards.

Isaiah White had six catches for 112 yards, while Repass had six catches for 72 yards.

Greenless led the defense with nine tackles and two interceptions.


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