It was an interesting week in Carter County football this past Friday night. We take a look at what we learned.
-Elizabethton’s offense can put up some points. The Cyclones, paced by Caleb Armstong’s nearly perfect passing performance while Ethan Thomas does what he does, scored 63 points. So far this season, Elizabethton is averaging just under 49 points per game, including a 34-point performance against a solid Science Hill squad. If the Cyclones can keep up this pace, they will on the right track to capture another Three Rivers Conference crown.
-In Roan Mountain, Cloudland’s offense could be one of the most dangerous offenses in the region. The Highlanders have scored seven touchdowns from 30 or more yards. In fact, the Highlanders used four scoring plays of longer then 40-yard in the win against Cosby on Friday night. Cloudland also averaged of just under 15 yards a carry.
-The Bulldogs offense is certainly a dangerous offense in its’ own right. However, the Hampton defense is making a name for itself. The Bulldogs are 2-1 on the season, and the most points they have allowed in a single game this season is 14. With the return of Jerry Lunsford off his injury last season as well as a great group returning from last year, the Bulldogs are showing they have the defensive fortitude to get teams off the field.
-Unaka will benefit from having a healthy Micah Hunt. With a small roster size, every player matters for the Rangers, but Hunt is a dangerous offensive weapon that will be crucial heading into the meat of the conference season. While the Rangers are off this Friday night, this week will be huge as far as getting healthy for the long stretch run.
-Happy Valley may have had the toughest opening stretch of any school in the county, and that is going to make the Warriors better. Happy Valley opened the season with a surprising Volunteer squad, and then played two state-ranked teams in Cloudland and Sullivan South. With a trip to another ranked team in Hampton, any momentum Happy Valley can get is crucial. However, Phillip Garland, Josh Hammonds and Austin Hicks have shown the ability to put the Warriors on the scoreboard, and no time will be better than this Friday night.