Cyclones throttle Buffaloes in homecoming win
Published 1:16 pm Saturday, October 17, 2015
BY IVAN SANDERS
The Elizabethton Cyclones swapped out their orange and black jerseys for pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness during Homecoming on Friday night. They also made West Greene aware of their skill on the field, as they demolished the Buffaloes 53-3.
The excitement started before the game as former Elizabethton School Superintendent Ed Alexander delivered the game ball from overhead, as he parachuted into Citizens Bank Stadium with the game ball.
In a game completely dominated by the Cyclones, it didn’t take long for Elizabethton (5-0, 7-1) to start scoring points at will.
Cyclone quarterback Hunter Tyree continued his stellar work by connecting with Drew Bowers on a 28-yard strike, staking ‘Betsy to an early 6-0 lead after Dylan Nordby’s point-after was wide.
Tyree made another connection, this time to Jalen Smith, for 13 yards, to extend the lead to 14-0 after Bowers converted the two-point conversion with 6:02 remaining in the second quarter.
After the kickoff, West Greene (0-5, 2-6) gave the Cyclones a gift when quarterback Julian Lane, was hit by Conner Johnson in the end zone, causing a fumble. Cameron Coleman was in the right spot and fell on the ball for the Cyclone touchdown.
Nordby was down the middle of the uprights for the extra point and a 21-0 lead.
West Greene went for a first down on their next possession on fourth down and failed to convert.
Once again, the Cyclones were revved and ready to score as senior Jeremiah Turner broke off a 45-yard scoring jaunt just 10 seconds into the second quarter.
Nordby was true and Elizabethton was cruising 28-0.
The Cyclones went back to the air just three minutes later as Tyree found Smith for an eight-yard strike to push the lead to 34-0 with 8:38 left before halftime.
Elizabethton closed out the half the way they started when Tyree added a scoring run from one yard out with a little help from fullback Scotty Oliver. That extended the halftime advantage to 40-0 in favor of the Cyclones.
During halftime festivities, Miss Caytlin James, the daughter of Rob and Cindy James, was crowned as the 2015 Homecoming Queen.
James was escorted in the court by Andy Johnson, the son of Randy and Gina Johnson.
West Greene came out of the break and put up the only points they could muster on the night as Brock Shelton connected on a 25-yard field goal to make the score 40-3.
The Cyclones wasted little time in scoring again with a running clock as freshman Corey Russell broke off a nice 31-yard scoring run to push the Cyclones to a 47-3 advantage with 3:17 left in the third quarter.
Elizabethton closed out the scoring when Logan Norman burst into the end zone for a six-yard touchdown with 7:52 remaining in the contest.