Cloudland falls to West Greene on the road

Published 11:22 pm Friday, September 30, 2022

The West Greene Buffaloes and the Cloudland Highlanders were ready to play while watching for the storm to move in last night in Mosheim. Cloudland won the toss and elected to receive. Their first possession was short-lived as it was a three and out, and they punted. West Greene opened up play with a quarterback keeper for a first down. However, on the following snap, Cloudland linebacker Cayden Clarke sacked Jaden Gregg in the backfield.
     With his receivers covered, Gregg scrambled out of the pocket and scampered inside the ten to the seven-yard line. Two plays later Ethen Turner caught the touchdown pass. The Kalle Nagel extra point was good. With 5:42 remaining in the first quarter, the Buffaloes took the lead 7-0.
     Cloudland’s Elijah Holtsclaw returned the ensuing kickoff out to the 45.  The Highlander’s drive was short-lived. After getting only one first down on a Holtsclaw catch, the Buffalo defense forced them to punt.
     West Greene wasted no time striking again with a deep pass from Jaden Gregg to Austin Wampler for a TD. Following another Nagel extra point, the Buffaloes extended the lead, 14-0.
     The Buffaloes had a 30-yard TD run called back on a holding penalty, but scored three plays later when they threw a 32-yard touchdown pass. West Greene extended the lead 21-0. The Highlanders moved the ball across mid-field with Gage McKinney running the ball. A pass interference penalty tacked on another ten yards. Cloudland’s Austin Caraway plowed ahead for seven yards, getting the Highlanders into the red zone. Gage McKinney carried the ball inside the ten. On fourth down QB Cam Peppers was stopped short of the goal line, but following a helmet-to-helmet targeting call, Cloudland maintained possession, first and goal on the two-yard line with four seconds remaining in the half. McKinney was stopped at the one when WG was called for a face mask. The ‘Landers came up short again, and the teams went into the locker room with WG leading 21-0. Due to the helmet-to-helmet targeting just before halftime, starting quarterback/linebacker Camden Peppers was not allowed to return to the game in the second half due to concussion protocol.
     The rain set in after half-time. With the opening of the third quarter, Hunter Gregg returned the ball out to mid-field for West Greene. Wyatt Moody carried the ball for 25 yards on two carries. On a designed quarterback draw, Jaden Gregg ran 32 yards for the score, but it was called back on a holding penalty. Then Wyatt Moody carried the football 13 yards for the touchdown. The extra point was good. West Greene extended the lead 28-0.
     The Buffalo’s defense forced a three and out, and Cloudland punted. West Greene methodically moved the ball down the field, and Hunter Gregg scored from six yards out. With 6:04 remaining in the third quarter, West Greene led 35-0.
     After a Gage McKinney fumble, WG Zach Carroll recovered the ball. The big guy rumbled to the one-yard line. Baxley Britton scored from the one, and the kick was good. End of the third quarter, West Greene led 42-0.
     Cloudland turned the ball over on downs, and West Greene took over on their own 45. WG Aiden Adams got the first down with a 17-yard carry. Cloudland’s Walker Gouge tackled West Greene’s tailback in the backfield. Both JV  teams finished up the night in the rain, and the final was WG 42-0.

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