Working on number three… Cyclones finish with a flourish before the dead period

Published 4:26 pm Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Elizabethton Cyclone football team has the taste of state championships in the mouth having won the last two Class 4A BlueCross Bowl State Championships in Cookeville.

For many, that success might cause a team to take a deep breath and feel like they have reached the apex, and now it’s time to back off and take it a little easy.

However, anyone that knows head coach Shawn Witten and his staff along with the Cyclone football team, that is absolutely not the case as after capturing two titles the Cyclones are like a hungry bear that keeps coming back to a tree filled with fresh honey.

The Cyclones have been digging down deep since the official start to football began and now will have to take a break due to the dead period until July 12th when teams can return back to the field in preparation for the first game of the 2021 season.

On an early Friday morning, the team was back at it with over 150 players hitting the field to take part in the last day of workouts for the next couple of weeks as both the high school team along with players from T.A. Dugger came together for a two-hour session from 7 am to 9 am.

From hitting the sleds to practicing extra-point kicks, the session was filled with session after session of hard work as sweat would fill a fifty-gallon drum as players were working to improve technique and correct any form issues that their coaches picked up on.

All-in-all Coach Witten and his staff had to be pleased with what they have seen to this point but realize there is a lot more hard work that needs to be done as the Cyclones will have an even bigger bullseye on their backs this season as teams will be coming at the team with their ears pinned back to be able to claim they stopped the Cyclones winning streak.

But for now, the Cyclones will take a short break to catch their breath along with teams throughout the state before preparing to get down to business when they return back to the field on July 12th.

All photos are by Ivan Sanders.