Cyclones whip 6A William Blount, 56-8

Published 11:52 pm Friday, October 2, 2020

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The Elizabethton Cyclones are playing football much the same way that Joe Lewis boxed in his heyday.

They give you a pounding body shot early and follow that up with a haymaker uppercut to knock you out before you know what hit you.

For the third week in a row, the Cyclones have scored 56 points or better as on Friday night playing on prime time television head coach Shawn Witten’s team turned the Class 6A Governors of William Blount every which way but loose in a 56-8 victory.

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After opening the contest in the first quarter with two punches to the mouth on two Bryson Rollins touchdown runs of one and six yards, the Cyclones took the 14-0 lead into the second 12 minutes of action and before all was said and done Elizabethton had racked up six more scores to go into the half leading 49-0.

Rollins added his third rushing score from one yard out to start the spree. Parker Hughes added scores on a 61-yard pick-six and also recorded a three-yard scoring reception in the quarter.

Nate Stephens zipped into the end zone on a one-yard dash while Braden Holly finished off the big quarter with a 31-yard scoring strike from Rollins.

The Cyclones scored their final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a LaDarian Avery one-yard plunge. Sean Smithdeal was successful on all eight of his point-after attempts to make up the scoring for the Cyclones.

William Blount’s lone score came on a three-yard rushing touchdown by Zach Gardner with a Job Matossian two-point conversion being the final difference-maker.

Rollins continued his efficient passing rating completing 9-of-11 for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Roberts also completed one pass for 40-yards that appeared to be a score to Parker Hughes only to be marked at the one by an official.

The Cyclone quarterback also led in rushing carrying the ball 16 times for 96 yards and the three scores. Stephens added seven carries for 74 yards and the score while Avery carried the mail seven times for 38 yards and the score.

Hughes eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark yet again hauling in four catches for 108 yards and a score.

As a team, the Cyclones had 32 carries for 205 yards on the ground while adding 11-of-13 passing for 208 yards giving the Cyclones a total of 413 yards.

Defensively, Hughes had two interceptions with Caleb Johnson adding two sacks and a fumble recovery. Grayson Hatfield recorded a sack as well.

With the win, the Cyclone win streak was extended to 21 straight since the beginning of 2019. They are at 6-0 on the current season.

Union County has canceled their homecoming showdown with the Cyclones this upcoming Friday and the Cyclones are working to find an opponent for Homecoming Week.