Rangers rip Cosby


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  The Unaka Rangers ambushed the Cosby Eagles Friday night, leaving feathers flying everywhere in a 49-15 plucking at Goddard Field.
  Unaka moved to 6-0 on the season by grabbing its second conference win of the season. Cosby dropped to 0-6.
  "Once we scored and stuffed them defensively, I think we took the momentum out of them," said Unaka coach Mike Ensor. "They were pretty much whipped after that.
  "We're not going too look past next week with Cloudland coming up soon, so we'll go concentrate on Oakdale next. We're not looking over anybody, and we'll keep continuing to go through the emotions to win."
  The Rangers put up 28 points during the first quarter with Charles Lee Guinn leading the way with 197 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
  Cosby had little to celebrate during the first half.
  The Eagles' opening play from the line of scrimmage resulted in a 35-yard run from Derek Coleman.
  It quickly went downhill from that point. Three plays later a fumble by Coleman landed in the hands of Joey Sheets, who returned the recovery for a 63-yard touchdown.
  "I thought I would just come out and step up, because I've been slacking here a little bit lately," said Sheets. "That's the first touchdown I've had in varsity so it was real exciting.
   "Defense is our main thing and we stopped them to set the tone."
  The Eagles were shut down on the next six series, failing to get a first down. Meanwhile, the Rangers scored on their next three possessions.
  Some big hits coming from senior linebacker Travis Pasquale kept the Eagles grounded.
  "They moved the ball on us their first series because of misalignments, but we came up and made the big hits," said Ensor. "We made some adjustments after the first series, and they didn't get another first down until we put our subs back in."
  Jeff Wilson broke a couple of tackles to spin his way inside the five-yard line. He finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 in favor of the Rangers.
  On its next possession, Unaka scored on the first play from scrimmage courtesy of the elusive Guinn, who scampered for 52 yards.
  "We've been practicing hard, and I'm starting too see my blocks better now," said Guinn. "I'm trying new things now, and my speed isn't good enough, so I've got to get better at cutting back and spinning out of tackles."
  The lead increased to 28-0 with 2:56 left in the first period after John Zimmerman connected through the air with Daniel McInturff to set up a one-yard plunge from Guinn.
  Another touchdown from Guinn on a 19-yard run with 4:51 left in the half boosted the junior tailback to over 140 yards on the evening.
  The advantage grew to 42 points after Zimmerman threw a 38-yard TD pass to McInturff, who wrestled the ball away from the defender.
  "We've still got to take it one game at a time," said McInturff. "Next week we travel to Oakdale and then Cloudland after that. We still have four more games, and we have to take them one at a time and hopefully we'll come out 10-0."
  Cosby managed to get on the board with :31 seconds left in the half when Paul McMann made a seven-yard touchdown run.
  The start of the second half was another showcase of Guinn's talent. His first carry resulted in a 53-yard touchdown.
  After receiving a bone-crushing block from Pasquale, Guinn juked, jived, and slid right by one defender after another as he cut across the field. He was awarded the run of the night on WCYB-TV's "Highlights Tonight" segment.
  "I saw the lanes and holes open up, and I thought I would try to cut it back after being up on them," said Guinn. "We like to run off Pasquale a lot, and he laid a nice block."
  "Our line have kept us up the last couple of weeks and made all the backs look good."
  Besides Guinn's dominating performance, McInturff also was impressive for the second week in a row nailing all seven extra-point attempts.
  McInturff was also perfect against Grace Christian last week in seven tries. The accuracy has earned him the title of "The Boy with a Golden Foot."
  "The first of the year I was really focused on playing receiver and defensive back, but recently I've had more time to practice on my kicks," said McInturff. "I think kicking long distance has helped me more than anything, because I come out now and just kick regular."
  Cosby was definitely out of sync during the third period. They fumbled on every offensive possession. They had a total of five fumbles during the contest.
  The Eagles did add another score in the fourth quarter as Jody Lowe's eight-yard run capped off a six-play, 47-yard drive.
  "You've got to get off to a good start," said Cosby coach Darrell Miller. "Our first play looked good, but turnovers killed us. I think we played a much better ball team, and some people played well, but some need to improve still."