Cyclone JV deal with Boone on the gridiron
Published 12:53 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023
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Although the Elizabethton High School varsity was slighted in an opportunity to get back on the football field on Friday night, the Cyclone JV managed to deal out a little revenge on Monday evening at Brown-Childress Stadium when they hosted the Blazer junior varsity.
Behind a pair of scores from CJ Mathes, the Cyclones took the contest by a 22-6 score.
Mathes put the Cyclones on the board first with 2:04 left to play in the first quarter when he blasted through the Boone defensive interior for a two-yard score. The snap on the point-after attempt was no good and the Cyclones led 6-0.
The workhorse on the drive to set up the score was William McDuffie, who had several nice carries to move the football down the field. Quarterback Jaxon Price also connected with wide receiver Logan Campbell to set the Cyclones up on the goal line door for the score.
Defensively, the Cyclones played with a grinch-like mentality as they kept Boone from gaining any substantial yardage, led by defensive lineman John Hornyak and linebackers Landry Buckles and Billy Woodby.
Elizabethton put a second score on the scoreboard just before the half when Price found Brock Shelby on a 45-yard scoring pass with 4:18 left before the half. McDuffie took care of the two-point conversion and the Cyclones went to the break leading 14-0.
Shelby had the highlight tackle of the night on the ensuing kickoff as the Boone returner took a bone-jarring hit and somehow managed to hold onto the football.
Boone got their only score halfway through the third quarter on a scoring toss but the two-point conversion failed to leave the scoreboard reading 14-6.
Mathes gave the Cyclones the breathing room they needed in the fourth quarter when he plunged across the goal line from three yards out. Price found Campbell for the two-point conversion in the corner of the end zone to give the Cyclones their final margin of victory at 22-6.