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Heath Austin intercepts a Cloudland pass and totes it 24 yards to the end zone for Avery’s lone
touchdown last week. Photo by Matt Laws

Originally published: 2013-08-29 17:11:22
Last modified: 2013-08-29 17:11:22

Offensive outage: Vikings struggle in season-opening 12-6 at Cloudland

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In its season-opening contest in Roan Mountain, Tenn., on Friday, Aug. 23, the Avery Vikings football team had difficulty moving the football on the ground, a point of emphasis for the Big Red in the preseason. Avery’s lone score came on defense, while Cloudland pieced together a pair of touchdown drives, the latter in the final quarter, to capture a 12-6 win in the renewed border rivalry between the schools.

“That is the first time I have ever played Avery, and it’s going to be a fun series,” CHS head coach Brock Pittman said after the win. “They are a well coached football team. They made adjustments and we had to make adjustments. The whole game I was trying to out think them and they were trying to out think us.”

“We couldn’t take advantage of opportunities tonight,” Avery head football coach Darrell Brewer said after the game. “We couldn’t move the ball, and Cloudland’s defensive line whipped us up front. We couldn’t run the football, and we had a lot of missed opportunities in the passing game. We absolutely couldn’t take advantage.”

The clubs played to a scoreless first quarter, but Avery created the first break of the game when defensive back Heath Austin picked off an Austin Whitehead flat pass and raced 24 yards for a Vikings touchdown. The PAT kick failed, but Avery led 6-0 with 10:05 remaining in the first half.

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