NEW TAZEWELL — Eli Stone did it all, literally.
The junior quarterback threw for two touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns and handled extra point duties once more for Claiborne as the Bulldogs downed Unaka on homecoming 54-28 on Friday night.
Stone completed 6-of-6 through the air for 119 yards, throwing touchdown passes to Haydn Hollin and Ethan Poore while keeping the ball 8 times for 122 yards and 2 more TDs.
He finished 6-of-8 on PAT kicks.
In addition to his 2 catches for 26 yards, Hollin also recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had 3 tackles on defense for the Bulldogs (2-2).
Greg Goins carried the ball 7 times for 88 yards and a touchdown with Jimmy Del Ervin toting the pigskin 6 times for 48 yards and a score of his own, Ethan Poore had 69 yards on 2 receptions.
Daniel Shearl found Devin Ramsey for a 10-yard touchdown pass to get the Rangers (1-3) on the board in the first quarter, but Claiborne held Unaka scoreless until the second half as the Bulldogs took a 33-6 lead to the locker room.
Landon Ramsey completed touchdown passes of 66 yards to Devin Ramsey and 31 yards to Drew Smith, and Logan Benway scored Unaka’s other touchdown from the 2.
Claiborne looks to even its conference record with a trip to Unicoi County in Week 5.
Rye Cove (Va.) 36,
Hancock County 34
CLINCHPORT, Va. — Rye Cove denied Hancock County its first three-game winning streak since 2015, coming from behind with a touchdown in the final minute for a 36-34 triumph over the Indians on Friday night.
Mason Hardin found Tyler Darnell from 36 yards away for the game-tying touchdown with 39 seconds to play, and Hardin kept for the go-ahead 2-point conversion for the final score.
The loss came despite Jadon Royston rushing for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 attempts. Royston’s 26-yard TD gave the Indians (2-2) their first lead at 20-14, and his 58-yard gallop put Hancock County up 28-22 late in the third quarter after Ethan Short’s 2-point conversion. His final touchdown came in the fourth quarter from 8 yards away for a 34-28 lead before the Eagles (2-1) rallied.
Devon Blevins, who recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown before hitting Short on a 2-point conversion for a 14-14 tie, ran for Hancock County’s first TD from 5 yards. He completed 3 passes for 33 yards, with a long of 19 to Short while Josh Bolden caught 2 passes, while keeping 13 times for 47 yards.
Short finished with 36 yards on 7 carries.
In addition, Blevins intercepted a pass on defense and was Hancock County’s leading tackler with 9 stops. Gabe Turner and Royston were both involved in 2 TFL while Stetson Collins and Preston Hatfield both had 1.
Hardin finished 4-of-9 for 109 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception while rushing 22 times for 158 yards and touchdown runs of 35 and 4 yards.
Matthew Hardin gained 50 yards on 15 attempts, scoring from the 8 to tie the game 28-28 with 9:07 left.
Darnell caught 3 passes for 59 yards, his first TD reception coming from 16 yards in the third quarter, while Andrew Jessee caught a 50-yard pass.
The Indians return home to entertain conference foe Cloudland at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
Midway 50, Cosby 7
KINGSTON — Midway dealt Cosby its third straight loss in impressive fashion, building a 35-0 halftime lead and rolling past the Eagles 50-7 on Friday night.
Emmett Hegland finished 5-of-5 through the air for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns while carrying twice for 28 yards and scoring on a 10-yard keeper in the first quarter.
Hegland’s scoring tosses went for 7 yards to Lucas Goldschmitt and 76 yards to Ryan Clark. Both receivers had 3 catches with Clark totaling 104 yards in addition to his interception return for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead in the opening stanza.
Andrew Burton carried the ball 10 times for 137 yards, scoring on a 39-yard gallop in the second quarter, while Brendan Burnam added 99 yards on 8 carries with his 16-yard TD in the third.
Ty Mason scored the Green Wave’s final touchdown from 5 yards.
Burnam also pulled down an interception on defense for Midway (2-1).
Junior quarterback Hunter Workman led Cosby on the ground with 77 yards on 6 attempts, scoring the Eagles’ only touchdown on an 85-yard keeper in the fourth quarter to make it 42-7. He completed 2-of-6 passes for 24 yards including a 21-yarder to Stephen Freshour, who had 2 TFL on defense while Caleb Lawson added 1.
Eduardo Gonzalez carried 15 times for 29 yards, with Anthony Thomas grabbing an interception for Cosby (1-3).
The Eagles return to conference play by hosting Happy Valley at Virgil Ball Stadium in Week 5.