Cloudland and Happy Valley host first-round games, Unaka hits the road

Published 3:35 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2023

High school football enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement as the playoffs kick off, featuring thrilling matchups and a sense of anticipation. Cloudland’s Highlanders, riding high after a 6-4 overall season and a 5-0 conference record, are set to host Greenback, who finished their regular season at 4-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference. This game marks the eighth meeting between these two teams, with Cloudland currently leading the series 4-3. In their last encounter on November 5, 2021, Cloudland secured a victory with a 42-24 scoreline. The stage is set for a 7 pm kickoff in Roan Mountain.

Happy Valley Warriors, boasting an impressive 7-3 overall record and a 4-1 conference standing, are preparing to host the Oneida Indians. This matchup is tied at 1-1 in their series, with Oneida clinching the last meeting on November 2, 2018, with a commanding 55-12 win. Happy Valley, on an impressive seven-game winning streak, is eager to make their mark in the first round of the 2A playoffs, scheduled to begin at 7 pm.

Meanwhile, Unaka Rangers are hitting the road to face the dominant Coalfield Yellow Jackets, who finished the regular season at an impressive 9-1 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the conference. The Rangers, at 2-8 overall and 2-3 in conference, are determined to challenge their recent history against Coalfield in this 1A playoff clash, with a 7 pm kickoff in Morgan County. The playoffs promise thrilling football action as these teams battle for victory and advancement.

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