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Hungry for more action… Unaka looks to get back on the field Friday against Sunbright

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
The last two weeks for the Unaka Rangers have been like a kid that stands outside the toy store during Christmas wanting to get their hands on the newest gaming system on the market only to be forced to stand on the outside looking in.

For two weeks, the Rangers have been saddled with COVID-19 protocol which forced the cancellation of two of their regular-season contests after having earned the two-seed in Region 1 1A play with wins over Jellico and Hancock County.

Coach O’Brien Bennett and his team knows how important it is to get back into game-playing condition and will have to give it their all against the Sunbright Tigers a team that has only won three games this season.

The Rangers know that even though they will be home against either Greenback or Midway in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs next week, the road won’t be easy and need to shake a few of the dust cobwebs off after being inactive for the last two weeks.

Bennett will once again have to count highly on his field general, Landon Ramsey, to lead the way in getting the ship back up and running full steam.

It doesn’t hurt to have Ramsey’s brother, Devin, in the mix as well as the receiver has had an outstanding season catching the football from his brother.

Devin had a game this season where he caught 14 passes for 280 yards with five touchdowns which was fourth best in state history.

Much of the success for the Rangers has to go to the line on both sides of the football who have been together for four years and have made great strides in getting the Rangers back into the Region title mix.

Going forward, the Rangers will have to play with team continuity and work hard to do the little things right as they make a run in the playoffs.

Bennett has always preached taking care of the football and eliminating mental errors and just like a country preacher in a church in the wildwood, the message will not change anytime soon.

Unaka will kick off it’s contest against Sunbright at 7:30 pm on Stoney Creek.