High School Football Roundup

Published 12:27 am Saturday, August 26, 2023

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Cyclones win after game called due to weather

Elizabethton 20, Morristown West 7
MORRISTOWN – Coming off a big win last week at Science Hill, the Elizabethton Cyclones took to the road looking for win number two on the early season.
After a first half that was mistake filled by both teams with turnovers and penalties, the Cyclones went to the locker room with a 7-0 lead.
The Cyclones came out with a kick to their step in the second half building a 20-7 lead with the game being called with 9:18 left to play in the contest to run the Cyclone record to 2-0.
Check out Wednesday’s Star for full game story and interviews.

Star Photo/Ivan Sanders
Elizabethton’s Kaleb Holzer picks up key yardage against the Morristown West defense.

Highlanders comeback falls short as time runs out

West Greene 28, Cloudland 22
Cloudland finished eight yards from the tying score as the clock wound down. Kyle Birchfield rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns but the Highlanders lost 28-22 to West Greene at Orr Field.
The teams battled to a 22-22 score after three quarters but West Greene quarterback Dawson Daniels took a 65-yard keeper to the house with 3:33 left in regulation. The ‘Landers made it to the eight-yard line but on fourth and six got just three yards as the clock wound down.
Cloudland (1-1) fumbled 12 times in this one – losing six – and West Greene lost four fumbles as well.

Star Photo/Larry N. Souders
Kyle Birchfield (7) stretches for the end zone on the Highlanders fourth play of their opening drive just 2:10 into the first quarter to give Cloudland an early 6-0 lead.

Hampton Bulldogs outlast Johnson County in thrilling clash
Hampton 32, Johnson County 26
MOUNTAIN CITY — The Hampton High School Bulldog Football team hit the road for another intense non-conference battle, this time against Johnson County. Dominque Burleson emerged as the star of the night, capping his performance with a sensational 28-yard touchdown run, marking his fourth touchdown of the game, and there were only 2 minutes and 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
With this electrifying play, Hampton surged ahead 32-18, setting the stage for a thrilling finish. Johnson County, displaying their determination, mounted a valiant comeback effort. In a dramatic conclusion, they narrowed the gap significantly.
When the dust settled, the Hampton Bulldogs emerged victorious, holding on for a nail-biting 32-26 win.

Contributed Photo/Robert Liles
Domnique Burleson scores a touchdown for Hampton.


Warrior’s offense struggles, Fall to Blue Devils

Unicoi County 37, Happy Valley 6
A close game with under 7 minutes left in the half saw the Blue Devils block a punt, turn that into a touchdown and follow that up with a safety and then two more touchdowns in the span of 1:35, including a 21-yard TD pass as time expired to take a 23-7 lead into the locker room. The Blue Devils would outgain the Warriors in yardage 161-51 with just 20 yards passing.
The Warriors would show some heart in the second half as James Esterline would score off a 23-yard TD scamper to cut into the Unicoi lead. Aiden Paul came off the bench for an injured Drew Blevins and helped the Warriors on the TD drive. Ron Parker would lead the Warriors in receiving yards with 38 yards, including a couple of receptions to extend drives and Esterline and Joseph Sowards would the rushing attack with 46 and 44 yards, respectively. The Warriors would fall to 0-2 and will travel to face the Hampton Bulldogs next week.

Star Photo / Brandon Hyde
Happy Valley’s Joe Sowards fights for yards against a tough Unicoi defense Friday night at home.