Greene Devils shut out Cyclones for first time since 2000
Published 12:04 am Saturday, September 3, 2022
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GREENEVILLE – The Greeneville Greene Devils were still steamed after being eliminated from the 2021 football playoffs after they broke the Cyclones’ 31-game win streak inside Citizens Bank Stadium during the regular season only to be defeated by the Cyclones in the postseason.
Friday night in Burley Stadium, the Greene Devils once again took the driver’s seat in Region 1 Class 4-A as they shut down the Cyclones in a 21-0 defeat – the first Greeneville shutout over the Cyclones since 2000.
The Cyclone defense played well enough to win but the offense was like a tractor stuck in the mud trying to find some type of traction as the Cyclones had about as many yards in penalties as they did total offense as Elizabethton was whistled five times for 55 yards in penalties and had a total of 62 yards of total offense for the game.
Meanwhile, the states #1 ranked Greene Devils were firing on all cylinders as the Greene Devil offense had a total of 336 offense for the contest with 164 yards through the air on 12-of-16 passing by quarterback Brady Quillen while racking up 172 yards on 38 carries on the ground.
The Greene Devils scored twice in the first half with Quillen hitting Mason Laws on a 50-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and then airing a 24-yard strike to Adjayta Dabbs also in the first quarter. Cooper Graham converted both of the point-after attempts.
Greeneville led by the same 14-0 lead at the intermission.
Quillen called his own number in the third quarter on a 21-yard scamper to pay dirt with Graham once again providing the point-after to give the game its final score.
The Cyclones recorded 53 yards of offense on the ground on 30 carries led by Cade Russell with 16 attempts for 34 yards.
Dalton Mitchell got the call under center as the senior was only 3-of-7 for nine yards passing and one interception.
Elizabethton’s defense forced two turnovers – an interception by Mitchell and a fumble recovery by Mason Ball. Zeth Mullins added a sack of Quillen on a big fourth-down attempt by the Greene Devils.
The Cyclones (0-2) will be playing Daniel Boone next Friday night at William B. Greene Stadium on the campus of ETSU due to lighting construction at Boone.
The gates open at 5:30 p.m. with kickoff set for 7 p.m. Admission for the game will be $10 and tickets will be available at the gate or online. The press box side will be the home side of the field with Boone hosting. No tents, backpacks, or coolers will be allowed.