It was a great Friday night for football in Week 3, and the teams took advantage. Before we turn our attention to Week 4, let’s take a quick look at the things we liked from Week 3.
Cloudland and Unaka’s fight to overcome adversity
Being stuck in traffic is never a good thing. Being stuck in traffic on a bus in Knoxville when the heat is over 90 degrees is certainly never a good thing.
The ‘Landers and Rangers both dealt with nightmarish traffic in Knoxville prior to their games that delayed both of them arriving at their game sites until the last minute. However, they didn’t use being stuck in a hot, sweaty school bus as an excuse.
Both teams shook off the effects of the journey and pulled out wins. That is a true testament to what the teams are made up on the inside.
Hampton’s Offensive Attack
Ok, this one may start to become repetitive, but the Hampton offensive attack continues to impress week in and week out.
Coby Jones led an air attack that accounted for over 333 yards, while the rushing game led by Jerry Lunsford and Adam McClain were too much for the Eagles to handle. Speaking of an impressive games, Jones accounted for six total touchdowns, including a beauty of a defensive touchdown.
Turner finding his role
Elizabethton’s Jeremiah Turner is finding his groove in the running game.
Turner is helping fill the void left by the graduation of Ethan Thomas and injury to Caleb Jones, and it is exactly what the Cyclones needed. With a strong rushing game, it will and is taking the pressure off of Hunter Tyree and the passing game – which will help that aspect of the offense improve on a weekly basis.
Happy Valley’s fight
For the second straight week, the Warriors have to feel they let a win slip away.
However, Happy Valley found themselves in a hole against Sullivan North, and showed they wouldn’t give up without a fight. Mookie Madison had a stellar game for the Warriors, and hopefully they can continue the fight and momentum to Erwin on Friday night.
The Rangers got into the win column on Friday night with an impressive win over Concord Christian.
With all of the distractions faced on the drive down, it would have been easy for the Rangers to just call it night early. However, Unaka set the tone early and showed signs of an improvement from the jamboree. Both Blake King and John Ramsey had strong efforts in the QB slot and Micah Hunt turned in an effort that earned him the Climate Controllers’ Player of the Week award.
Cloudland opening region with statement
The ‘Landers fought Knoxville traffic and then had to turn around and face an improved Oakdale squad.
The Eagles challenged Cloudland, but in the end it was the ‘Landers that took home an important region win. Oakdale, who gave state-ranked Coalfield a game in Week 2 until the fourth quarter, showed they can’t be taken lightly. However, the ‘Landers’ Austin Whitehead and Colby Birchfield set the tone for both sides of the ball to power Cloudland to the win.