Visiting Unaka rallies for win over Dragons



The Unaka Rangers of Tennessee scored three touchdowns in the final period on Friday to claim a 52-34 win over homestanding Harlan on homecoming night.
The Green Dragons led 34-28 after the third quarter, but the Unaka offense took over while the Rangers defense made stops.
Unaka junior quarterback Landon Ramsey passed for two touchdowns, both to his brother, senior Devin Ramey, for 23 and 10 yards, respectively. The QB went in from the 4 on the other TD. The two brothers combined on a pair of two-point conversions while Jamol Blamo added a two-point run.
The Unaka quarterback put up some impressive numbers as he was 24 of 37 for 409 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 38 yards and one touchdown. Devin Ramey caught 17 passes for 347 yards. The Rangers gained 525 total yards of offense.
Harlan was whistled for 13 penalties for 135 yards, including four pass interference calls as well as unsportsmanship penalties.
Harlan quarterback Cade Middleton completed 13 of 22 passes on the night for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior running back Jayden Ward rushed for 120 yards on 12 carries. Middleton added 47 yards on seven carries.
Evan Browning had six receptions for 74 yards. Darius Akal caught three passes for 48 yards while Dylan Middleton added 68 yards on two receptions.
Unaka opened the scoring midway through the first quarter. The Ramsey brothers teamed up for a 22-yard touchdown pass at the 5:11 mark. Blamo scored the two-point conversion on a pass from Landon Ramsey.
The Dragons fought back to tie the game on a six-play, 80-yard drive as Cade Middleton found Browning on a 3-yard scoring pass. Ward added the two-point conversion with three minutes left in the period.
Early in the second quarter, Cade Middleton found Dylan Middleton for a 57-yard TD. Harlan led 14-8 with 10:43 left in the first half.
Following two unsportsmanlike penalties on the Rangers, the Dragons got the ball on the Unaka 23. Cade Middleton connected with Browning on the first play to make it 22-8.
The Rangers scored two plays later as the Ramsey brothers had a 14-yard TD with 8:13 left in the quarter.
Unaka used a six-play, 60-yard drive to tie the game as Landon Ramsey went in from the 4 to make it 20-all at halftime.
Ward scored twice in the third quarter, including a forced fumble and fumble recovery allowing him to race 81 yards for a touchdown. He also scored on an 18-yarder.
Unaka scored once in the period as T.J. Thomas took the opening kickoff and went 70 yards for the TD.
Harlan (2-4) remains home this week in its district opener against Williamsburg. The 3-2 Yellow Jackets lost to Lexington Sayre 35-17 on Friday.
Unaka (4-2) will play host to Claiborne, Tenn., on Friday.