Jr. Rangers turn back West View

from staff reports

   Tuesday night provided the Unaka Junior Rangers, whose program has struggled over the last few years, a welcome breath of fresh air.
   Storming back from an early two-touchdown deficit, Unaka was able to score a 24-16 overtime victory versus West View in a non-conference middle school contest.
   West View parlayed a couple of Unaka turnovers into a 16-0 advantage, but the Junior Rangers started their comeback when Dustin Carden hit Steven Lapp on a 67-yard touchdown pass with seconds to go in the first half.
   That play definitely gave Unaka new life. Led by Josh Irick and Jeff Wilson, the Junior Rangers held West View to negative yards in the second half.
   Offensively, Wilson and Lapp pounded out tough yards to even the score at 16-16.
   In overtime, the Junior Rangers lost the toss and were forced to go on offense first. Facing a fourth-and-goal situation, Unaka punched the ball across the goal line for a touchdown as Wilson did the honors from two yards out.
   Unaka's defense then took over and preserved the win with a goal-line stand.
   Despite a late start this season, the Junior Rangers have made tremendous progress under new head coach Matt Wilson.
   Unaka will go after its second victory of the year as it journeys to Johnson County tonight.