Jr. Cyclones hammer visiting Sevier
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
The visiting Warriors of John Sevier from Kingsport quickly found out something that the Greeneville Middle Greene Devils learned earlier in the week and that was the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones are a big load to handle on the football field.
Rhett Slagle took the opening kickoff 65-yards for a touchdown and the rout was on as the Jr. Cyclones hung a 56-0 defeat on Sevier to run their season record to an unblemished 2-0 and are average nearly 50 points per game this season.
T.A. Dugger added three more scores in the opening quarter to build a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Jaiden Wallin tacked on the second score of the quarter on a punishing seven-yard run with the point-after failing to make the score 14-0.
On their next possession, Slagle picked up his second score of the game this time covering 10 yards with 23 seconds left in the quarter. William Bowers booted the point-after attempt through the uprights to make it 21-0 in favor of the Jr. Cyclones.
The Warriors fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Wallin made them pay as he rumbled 55 yards as the quarter ended to extend the lead to 28-0 after Bowers PAT.
T.A. Dugger continued to pour it on in the second quarter as Slagle had his hand in another score when he found Jack Blevins on a pass and Blevins did the rest taking it to the house from 29 yards out to make it 35-0 as Bowers once again converted the point-after.
Justin Whitehead brought more excitement to the TAD fans as he took a punt and 55 yards later stood in the endzone with 1:04 before the half to extend the lead to 42-0 on Bowers kick.
Leading 42-0 after intermission, the “J-Train” made his final express run for the evening as Wallin broke through the Sevier defense and was off on a 42-yard scoring jaunt to make it 49-0 as Bowers continued his stellar work.
Putting the cherry on the top, seventh-grader William McDuffie bulled his way over the goal line from the eight-yard line to give the game its final score after Bowers kick made it 56-0.
“The commitment and the work that the kids have put in since this past spring – they have worked tirelessly,” said head coach Brock Pittman on why the Jr. Cyclones are clicking the way they are.
“They bought into the fact that we are trying to get one percent better every day. I just want them to take pride in the fact that when you work that hard, you get the results and it starts here and goes all the way to the high school.”
The Jr. Cyclones hit the road on Tuesday, August 31st when they travel to Church Hill.