High School Football Roundup
Published 11:45 pm Friday, September 22, 2023
Elizabethton 47, Sullivan East 0
It was supposed to be the Air Fisher show at Sullivan East when the Elizabethton Cyclones invaded Bluff City on Friday night but instead Air Fisher crashed and burned while the Cyclones were the ones filling the airways as the Cyclones rolled to a 47-0 victory.
Cyclone sophomore quarterback Rhett Slagle had his radar dialed in as the signal caller completed 14-of-17 passes for 246 yards and four scores to lead the way for Coach Shawn Witten’s team.
While the passing game was flourishing for the Cyclones, the ground game showed plenty of pop, led by Zeth Mullins, who toted the ball eight times for 112 yards and a score. Eli Blevins was the main man on the receiving end of Slagle’s passes, hauling in five catches for 130 yards and a score. Jeriah Griffin added six receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
Drake Fisher, who was averaging 300 yards per game passing for East, finished 13-of-33 for 94 yards and three interceptions.
Hampton 50, Cloudland 6
The second half of this one saw a running clock as Hampton won easily. The Bulldogs had scoring runs of 50, 68, 16 and 21 and a pass play that went for 68 yards and a touchdown. Junior RB Dom Burleson rushed for 138 yards and two scores and senior quarterback Dylan Trivett was four for seven passing for 93 yards and a touchdown. Cloudland was paced by senior tailback Kyle Birchfield’s 86 rushing yards and one passing touchdown.
Happy Valley 35, Unaka 0
In a stunning turn of events, Happy Valley’s football team emerged victorious over their rivals from Unaka, securing a resounding 35-0 win. The previous three meetings had favored the Rangers, who had outscored the Warriors 58-18. However, this night belonged to the visiting team.
Happy Valley wasted no time asserting their dominance, scoring on their very first drive. They then capitalized on two intercepted passes, converting them into 14 additional points. With an added touchdown just before halftime, the Warriors found themselves comfortably ahead with a commanding 28-0 lead.
The Warriors resembled a well-oiled machine, firing on all cylinders. Their performance was nothing short of extraordinary, marking their second consecutive victory. The atmosphere for Happy Valley was electric as fans reveled in the newfound triumph.
Looking ahead, Unaka would face Thomas Walker in their next matchup, hoping to bounce back from this defeat. Meanwhile, the Warriors would return home to host Hancock, with their spirits riding high after this remarkable win. Happy Valley had not only redeemed themselves but also sent a resounding message to their rivals: they were a force to be reckoned with on the football field.