Jr. Highlanders stymie Bulldogs


STAR Correspondent

  When Cloudland and Hampton come to mind, there is always something at stake.
  The Battle of Hwy 19-E took place again, this time favoring the 'Landers, on Thursday night. Cloudland traveled to their J.C. Campbell Stadium, and came away with a 28-0 shutout.
  "We made some adjustments since last week's lost to Johnson County," said Cloudland coach Jon Julian.
  Cloudland's defense pounded the Jr. Bulldogs for a quick three and out due to some heavy hitting by Matthew Tipton, which forced a punt.
  On Cloudland's opening play of the night, Lucas Clawson sprinted for an 11-yard touchdown. Clawson added the two-point conversion to make the score a quick 8-0.
  The Jr. Highlanders tacked another score in the second quarter as Nick Sluder raced for a 17-yard TD run to increase the lead 14-0.
  The 'Landers received the ball in the second half, then gave back to Hampton off of an Brett Price interception.
  Hampton's opening play in the second seemed a little rusty, when the 'Lander D-line forced a loose ball. Sluder scooped it up and raced for a 70-yard score, to make it 20-0.
  "We knew that it was coming," said Hampton coach Kelly Oliver. "We have got so many inexperienced players out here, this is there first time that some of these are getting action. Logan Andrews, I feel like, contributed big tonight. He played solid for us."
  Cloudland's final touchdown came when Randall Johnson dove for a 6-yard TD, then Tipton tallied the two-pointer to finalize the game.
  "The whole team played good, everybody contributed tonight," said Sluder, who added one touchdown and two takeaways for the Roan Mountain squad. "Our backs need to work on hitting the holes harder."
  Sluder accounted for 45 yards on just four carries, with Clawson chipping in 36 yards on the ground.
  "Hampton is always tough -- they are a little down this year, but they have a great coaching staff," Julian stated.
  Cloudland's defense dominated Hampton's offense, stopping Hampton backs Dustin Roberson and Brett Price to eight and minus-17 yards.
  Christian Montgomery topped off some quality hits by adding four solid stops, while Tipton chipped in five stops. Logan Andrews pitched in seven quality tackles for Hampton.
  Cloudland will host Blountville Tuesday night at Orr Field. Hampton journeys to Warrior Hill on the same night.