A measure of revenge… Cyclone JV take Green Devils 22-16 in overtime thriller

Published 8:56 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018

GREENEVILLE— With a sour taste still in their mouth from Friday night’s varsity loss on the same Burley Stadium Field, the Elizabethton Cyclone JV team didn’t let a little adversity stop them from gaining a measure of revenge with a 22-16 overtime victory.

“We played through quite a bit of adversity as we brought only about 21 kids,” said Cyclone JV head coach Brian Jenkins. “We played undermanned against a team that was much like Friday night’s varsity team.

“They were bigger, faster, and stronger, but we never gave up.”

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The Cyclones played inspired football as they would stop the Green Devils twice within their own 10-yard line in the first quarter and went to the locker room trailing 8-0 to the home team at intermission.

Elizabethton finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when quarterback Bryson Rollins rolled out and into the end zone from 12 yards out.

Rollins completed the 2-point conversion to make it 8-8 in the third quarter. The big play in the drive came on a 35-yard pass from Rollins to Braden Holly.

Greeneville would later respond with a score to make it 16-8 in favor of the Green Devils.

Trailing by the same score with around 7 minutes to play and facing a fourth-and-8, Jenkins called a timeout to set up a play for ‘Betsy.

The Cyclones responded when Jake Roberts made a one-handed, Odell Beckham style catch to give ‘Betsy the first down by inches.

Rollins capped the drive with a 10-yard run and the 2-point conversion to make it a 16-16 game.

After defensive stands by both teams, the game went into the overtime period.

Greeneville got the ball first and picked up 8 yards on first down before the Cyclone defense came up with two big stuffs on second and third down and then got the ball back after holding on fourth down with the opportunity to take the win.

Rollins finished the Green Devils off on the Cyclones ensuing drive as the freshman made a 4-yard dash around the end to secure the big win.

“It was great to see how the kids responded with the adversity and the circumstances,” Jenkins said. “Bryson, Blake Stewart, Braden, Sam Fletcher, LaDarian Avery, and Wes Erwin were many of the standouts on both offense and defense tonight.

“It was a great team effort.”