STONEY CREEK, Tenn. (WJHL) – Landon Ramsey is no stranger to WJHL’s Player of the Week award. He and his brother, Devin, earned the distinction last season when Landon was a junior.
This year, Ramsey has only continued to improve, and with Friday’s win over Greenback, he’s helped the Rangers set a new standard on the field.
“It’s a big win for the whole community,” head coach O’Brien Bennett said.
“It means a lot, it really does,” Ramsey said.
In the First Round of the TSSAA Class A football playoffs, Unaka dominated Greenback, 44-20. It was the program’s first postseason win in more than 70 seasons of existence.
“It’s exciting to me as a coach to see the guys that came before, meeting them at the top of the ramp as we’re coming up to congratulate them,” Bennett said. “That’s guys from a few seasons – all the way back to guys from the 60s and 70s.”
“It means a lot to this program, to this team, to this school, to this community,” Ramsey said. “This community has really showed up for us this year, and we really appreciate it.”
Friday’s performance was far from Ramsey’s first-ever impressive stat line, however.
The senior completed 9-of-13 passes for 133 yards and carried the ball 22 times for 170 additional yards, all while wracking up five total touchdowns.
“After the game Friday it was kind of ‘Well, Landon you had 300 yards and five touchdowns – nothing to write home about,'” Bennett joked. “It’s kind of getting routine for him, having those special nights like that.”
But, as the signal-caller, Ramsey believes he has the easy job on Friday nights.
“First it starts with the offensive line,” he said. “We’ve done a great job on the offensive line. Second off, it’s the wide receivers. They’ve got to come down with the catch and get open.”
Bennett understands, however, just how big a part his QB1 has played in helping the Rangers reach Round 2 of the playoffs.
“He’s a four-year starter for us,” Bennett said. “So, he’s really understood and been a coach on the field … he’s just a dadgum-good football player.”
And he and his teammates have aspirations of showing the rest of the state what they’ve got by playing deep into November.
“Most definitely – I think we’ve got a good bunch of guys and I feel like we’re going to keep going and hopefully winning a couple more,” Ramsey said.
Unaka will travel to Coalfield for a Second Round matchup in the Class A playoffs on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.