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Just not themselves… Cyclone JV falters on road at Greeneville, 35-0

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
GREENEVILLE – Whether it was the fact they hadn’t played together as a unit for a couple of weeks or maybe they watched too much of the Tennessee-Kentucky game on Saturday, the Elizabethton Cyclones played an uncharacteristic game in a road trip to Greeneville on Monday.

Giving up two interceptions, a fumble, and some penalties that could have gone one way or the other, the Cyclones dropped the contest 35-0.

With Friday night still looming in the minds of some of the Greene Devils that stood on the sideline, Greeneville was looking to get a touch of revenge after their varsity team got their bells rung on Friday night to the tune of 44-10.

After a defensive first 10 minutes of play that saw both teams have two possessions that ended without points, the Greene Devils broke on top at 5:21 of the second quarter when quarterback Corbin Cannon found receiver Mason Laws on a 16-yard touchdown pass.

Quinton Brandon booted the point-after attempt to make it a 7-0 contest.

Greeneville would add a second score before intermission when Cannon once again went to the airwaves and found Jake Harmon for an 11-yard scoring toss. A Brandon PAT made it a 14-0 score at the break.

The Cyclones came out of the break and executed an onside kick to perfection but an interception on a Dalton Mitchell pass gave the ball back to the Greene Devils.

Moving the ball to the one-yard line, Cannon pushed his way through a heavy rush by the Cyclones to extend the lead to 21-0 on Brandon’s kick.

After a quick three and out, the Greene Devils used a little razzle-dazzle as Cannon found his mark again in hitting Bryson Myers on a 20-yard scoring strike to make it a 28-0 game on Brandon’s PAT.

The Greene Devils finished off the scoring with a 65-yard toss to Laws for the score. Brandon’s point after was true and the game had its final margin of victory, 35-0.

“We didn’t come out ready to play tonight,” said Cyclone head coach Brian Jenkins. “It starts there. We weren’t focused like we should have been. It falls on us as coaches. We just didn’t live up to our expectations tonight.

“Greeneville came out fired up tonight and who wouldn’t be after getting beaten on Friday night. Hats off to them – they played their butts off and had some good calls and made the plays when the opportunity presented itself and we didn’t.”

The Cyclone JV will face off against Sullivan South next Monday.