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Unaka headed to Hancock County yet again for round two against Indians

BY NIC MILLER
STAR CORRESPONDENT

Stoney Creek- While most main events have a total of five rounds, the bout between the Unaka Rangers and the Hancock County Indians will only contain two.

It was the first contest of the season for both varsity squads when these two teams last matched up, but now with five games under their belt, the Rangers are headed back to Sneedville to take on the Indians again Friday night.

The Rangers come into this week with a chip on their shoulder, as they were defeated by one of their county foes, the Cloudland Highlanders, last Friday night 44-20.

But the Rangers have tasted victory this year, gaining advantages over the Indians in week one, 36-14, as well as in week three against the Jellico Blue Devils by a score of 24-14.

The Indians of Hancock County, however, are still searching for their first victory of the season heading into their sixth week of the year.

After losing to the Rangers in their inaugural game, the Indians continued their struggles by falling to the likes of Cumberland Gap, Cloudland, Claiborne, and Jellico.

In their first meeting, the 36-14 hammering by Unaka, the Rangers used their powerful offensive line as well as speedy running backs like Daniel Shearl and Drew Smith to control the ground game as all five of their touchdowns came from pounding the rock down the field for four quarters.

On the other side of the ball, the Unaka defense stood tall as the Indian offense was not able to cross the goal line once, with their only score of the game coming from a Ranger turnover.

This contest will be an exciting one no doubt, as the Rangers (2-3) will be looking to sweep the team from Sneedville on the year, while the Indians (0-5) will not only be looking to settle their score with Unaka but will also be trying desperately to claim their first victory of the 2020 season.

Kickoff between the Rangers and Indians is set for 7:30 p.m Friday night at Hancock County High School in Sneedville, TN.