By Gene Renfro
The calendar might say September, but the Unicoi County football team saw a snowball roll off Warrior Hill Friday in their meeting at Happy Valley.
Happy Valley, ranked No. 11 in the past week’s Associated Press state ranking for 2A programs, upended the Blue Devils 62-0 in the non-conference game.
“I honestly don’t know what happened,” said Unicoi County head coach Glenn White. “They’re a very good football team and we’ve shown signs of being good, but it just snowballed. I reckon it happens on every level, but I’ve never had it happen like this before.”
The snowball started on the Warriors’ first offensive possession after the Blue Devils went three and out. Happy Valley went 59 yards in five running plays to open up a 7-0 lead. The Warriors then intercepted a Kendrick Williams pass near midfield that Skylar Hyatt ran back. A blocked punt off Dylan Lewis’ foot went into the end zone and recovered for a Warrior touchdown. Happy Valley also ran in four touchdowns in the second quarter.
Williams finished the game 4-for-14 to four different receivers. Brett Strother had the longest catch that went for 21 yards. He also rushed for 15 yards. Michael Howell, Owen Nicholson and Lewis hauled in the other three catches.
Laban Peterson returned seven kicks for 108 yards and ran one back for 30 yards. Lewis had four other punts that averaged 31 yards including a kick of 38 yards in the first quarter.
The Blue Devils will take a 2-2 record to Elizabethton for a conference contest on Friday, Sept. 16. Unicoi County has a 1-0 record in the league and look to bounce back from a 35-0 result a season ago against the Cyclones.
That shutout last week was the first time the Blue Devils had been blanked since the Elizabethton game a season ago.
The Warriors improved to 3-0 and has 148 points this season with a second shutout. Happy Valley surpassed the 60 point mark twice a season ago including against Cosby, who the Warriors will play this week.