One for the record book… Cyclones earn first perfect regular-season since 1951 with 37-0 pounding of Cougars

Published 1:42 am Saturday, November 2, 2019

BLOUNTVILLE – It was a long time in the making, but the Elizabethton Cyclones finally put together perfection.
For the first time since 1951, the Cyclones wrapped up their regular season with a perfect 10-0 mark which will leave a special legacy for this group of young men in the annuals of Cyclone history.
The Cyclones wasted little time after a lengthy delay that kept the game in the dark, literally, for nearly an hour past the scheduled start time due to the lights failing to power up on the Cyclone side of the field.
With the game finally getting its kickoff at approximately 8:23 pm, the Cyclones took possession of the football and with the thunder and lightning power of Cade Maupin in the roll of thunder and Nate Stephens fulfilling the lightning spot moved quickly into the end zone as the freshman Stephens got first dibs with a 10-yard run at 10:50 of the first.
Jaxton Holly blasted the point-after and the Cyclones led 7-0.
After a strong defensive display, the Cyclones took possession once again and with ease marched back down the field as Stephens collected his second score of the young contest from 10-yards out once again making it 13-0 as the PAT failed.
Maupin finally got a taste of the end zone on the Cyclones third possession of the first quarter after another strong showing defensively and took the ball in from three yards to extend the score to 20-0 on Holly’s boot.
The second quarter once again saw Maupin doing his thing as the senior blasted in from close range from the two-yard line for a score that put Elizabethton up 27-0.
After a helmet to helmet hit on Cyclone Cade Russell moved the ball to the 15-yard line as time expired, Holly was called upon by Coach Shawn Witten and connected on a 37-yard field goal to make it a 30-0 game as time expired to end the first half.
The only score of the second half that brought a running clock was a Bryson Rollins to Jordan Killion 35-yard strike to extend the advantage for the Cyclones to 37-0 and the game’s final score.
Elizabethton (10-0) now prepares to host East Ridge in the first round of the TSSAA Football Championships next Friday at Citizens Bank Stadium with a 7 pm kickoff.

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