Austin Whitehead put on a show for a bunch of Eagles on Friday night at Orr Field.
The junior rushed for 213 yards and ran for five touchdowns while throwing for another to push Cloudland to a 48-7 victory over Cosby on Friday night. The win moves Cloudland to 3-0 on the season.
After a sluggish start, Cloudland struck first when Whitehead recorded his first touchdown from 63 yards outs. After Cosby tied the game with a 16-yard pass, Whitehead capped off a quick Cloudland drive with a six-yard touchdown run.
The ‘Landers went to the air to start the second quarter as Noah Arnett raced past an Eagle defender after catching a Whitehead pass. The 57-yard pass as well as another five-yard touchdown run from Whitehead gave Cloudland a 27-7 advantage at the half.
In the third quarter, Whitehead struck quickly from 43 yards out, and then Colby Birchfield ran for a 69 yard score. Whitehead completed his successful evening with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Birchfield finished the game with 163 yards.
Cloudland returns to Orr Field next week to host Johnson County.
“We made some mistakes early on defense. If you play a good team and make a mistake, you aren’t going to rush the ball like we did tonight against a good football team. We have to correct the mistakes, but at the end of the day we got the job done.”
“We are in a position kind of like last year. We are 3-0 but could have easily gone the other way. We have a huge game next week against Johnson County.”
-Cloudland Head Coach Brock Pittman
They have got some really good ball players. We did a good job containing early, but they just pound on you and pound on you, then they finally broke through. When you get behind like that, the game plan changes on you and it gets away. It was a closer ball game then the scoreboard indicated.”
“We’ve improved every week. First week, we played a very good opponent and we played terrible. Last week we played a little better then got a little better this week. We are taking baby steps with a young game, and that is what you want. You want to see improvement, and we saw improvement especially in the first quarter tonight.”
-Cosby Head Coach Kevin Hall