ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. — The Cloudland football team was unable to come out on top.
The ‘Landers dropped a hard-fought 35-12 decision to Oliver Springs at a soggy Orr Field in the second round of the Class A playoffs on Friday, Nov. 11.
It was a battle from the opening kick.
Oliver Springs jumped out to a 14-0 lead with a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Kane Gouge before Gage McKinney capped an impressive drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
The Bobcats, however, were able to extend the lead to 28-6 at the half.
Cloudland battled back in the third quarter. With carries from Cam Peppers, Cayden Clarke, and McKinney, the ‘Landers methodically moved the ball down the field. The nine-play drive was capped when Clarke broke free for a 13-yard score.
The ‘Landers defense came up big on the next drive as Peppers recovered a fumble, but Cloudland was unable to capitalize as an errant snap ended its drive. CHS saw Jacob Street spark the defense on fourth down, but the ‘Landers were unable to get back in the end zone.
McKinney finished with 176 yards on 48 carries. Clarke ended the night with 36 yards on five carries.