High School Football Roundup

Published 11:51 pm Friday, September 8, 2023

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Bulldogs shut out Warriors for second win of season

Hampton 36, Happy Valley 0

By Allen LaMountain
Hampton’s defense held Happy Valley to 85 yards of total offense in a region 1-2A conference shutout. Senior quarterback Dylan Trivett led the Bulldogs offense passing for 135 yards on 10-for-18 passing and ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
Dominique Burleson led the ‘Dogs with 70 ground yards as Hampton evened its 2023 record at 2-2 (1-0 conference). Senior Joseph Sowards rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries and quarterback Aiden Paul passed for 20 yards. HV fell to 0-3 (0-1 conference) with the loss.

Star Photo/Larry N. Souders
Bulldog quarterback Dylan Trivett (18) scores Hampton’s third touchdown of the first half on a QB keeper with 2:18 left in the second quarter. The Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 20-0 lead at the half.





Rangers soar higher than the Eagles

Unaka 38, Cosby 14
BY C.Y. Peters
In the crisp autumn air and a wet field, the Unaka Rangers found themselves at a crucial juncture in their football season. Struggling in the early games, they hungered for their first conference win. This game, against Cosby High, would be their chance to shine.
From the first whistle, it was clear that this night belonged to A.J. Greenless. He weaved through defenders like a maestro, scoring three electrifying touchdowns, leaving the crowd in awe. Unaka’s scoreboard lit up like a supernova, displaying 26 points before Cosby even managed a first down.
Isiah White’s incredible catches and bone-rattling hits sent shockwaves through the stadium, solidifying his status as a local legend. Marcus Shomaker, the behemoth of the defense, wreaked havoc in the backfield, sacking the Eagles’ quarterback repeatedly.
Quarterback Bryinn Repass stood in the pocket with the composure of Terry Bradshaw, delivering precision passes and adding a touchdown to his name. The Rangers soared to victory, outclassing Cosby with a final score of 38-14.
This night was not just about the numbers on the scoreboard but the heart, dedication, and unwavering spirit of the Unaka Rangers. Their first conference win of the season was more than a game.

Contributed Photo/Jenny Jones
A.J. Greenless (6) running in for one of his four touchdowns for Unaka.


Johnson County dominates Cloudland in high-scoring clash

Johnson County 47, Cloudland 24

MOUNTAIN CITY – In an electrifying showdown, Johnson County emerged as the victor with a 47-24 triumph over Cloudland. The game kicked off with both teams finding the end zone on their opening drives. Cloudland and Johnson County remained deadlocked at 6 until just 5 minutes and 34 seconds remained in the first half. Johnson County then surged ahead, taking a 12-6 lead into halftime.

Kyle Birchfield led the charge for Cloudland, notching three rushing touchdowns, with Bryce Birchfield contributing another for the Highlanders. However, it was Juan Meija who captured the spotlight, amassing an impressive 221 rushing yards on just 13 carries, accompanied by four touchdowns, propelling the Longhorns to victory.

Connor Simcox displayed his passing prowess for Johnson County, amassing 138 yards on 11 attempts.

2023 Cloudland Highlanders

Elizabethton High School at Cherokee was postponed until Sunday at 3:00 pm because of weather.