High School Football Roundup

Published 11:49 pm Friday, September 29, 2023

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Elizabethton 14, Dobyns-Bennett 7
The Elizabethton Cyclones traveled to Kingsport to prove that it didn’t matter what classification of team they play, they are one tough bunch of blue collar players for any team they line up opposite of.
It would turn out to be a defensive showdown throughout as the only score of the first half came on a 25-yard field goal by freshman Will Bowers of Elizabethton.
The Indians came out of the locker room and scored their only score of the contest after receiving the second half kickoff, but another Bowers field goal and a Jeriah Griffin five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
More on the game in Wednesday’s Elizabethton Star including stats, interviews and more.

Star Photo/Ivan Sanders
Elizabethton’s Jeriah Griffin scores what would be the winning touchdown in the Cyclones 14-7 win over Dobyns-Bennett.


Happy Valley 40, Hancock Co. 6
Happy Valley celebrated Homecoming in a big way on Friday night on Warrior Hill, delivering a 40-6 non-conference victory. The contest saw a running clock in the second half as the Warriors (3-3 overall) opened a 40-0 halftime lead. Aiden Paul rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors. Chandler Parsons scored for Hancock County on a fourth-quarter 30-yard run.

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Warrior quarterback Aiden Paul (10) steps through a leg tackle attempt by a Hancock defender on his way to a 22-yard touchdown early in the second quarter giving Happy Valley a 27-0 lead with 10:33 left in the half.


Hampton 51, Eagleton Academy 13
The Hampton Bulldogs traveled to Maryville on Friday night and secured a dominant 51-13 victory over the Eagleton Academy Royals. Following Eagleton’s opening possession punt, the Bulldogs executed a 99-yard touchdown drive, claiming an 8-0 lead after the first quarter. Despite the Royals finding the end zone in the second quarter, Hampton scored three more touchdowns to establish a commanding 30-6 lead at halftime. The Bulldogs continued their dominance, leading 44-6 after three quarters. While Eagleton managed another score in the fourth, Hampton added another touchdown, finishing the game with a 51-13 score. Hampton now boasts a 5-2 season record with their fourth consecutive win and remains undefeated in the region at 3-0.

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Geno Carrico breaks a tackle to score a touchdown for Hampton.


Thomas Walker 44, Unaka 26
From the kickoff, it was a game of back-and-forth, with both teams displaying their skills on the field. Charlie and Cookie Sluder would have been really proud tonight; their granddaughter was Unaka’s Homecoming queen, Jill Faust.
The scoreboard reflected the intense battle as Unaka took an early lead, only to see it tied up by the relentless Pioneers. The lead exchanged hands multiple times, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.
In the end, despite Unaka’s valiant efforts, the Pioneers emerged victorious with a final score of 44-26. While the Rangers’ Coach Bennett saw much improvement over the last two scoreless games. The Rangers will face Hancock in their final home game next Friday night.

Contributed Photo/Jenny Jones
Senior Jill Faust crowned Unaka High Homecoming Queen 2023.


Cloudland 46, North Greene 8
In a Friday night football matchup, Cloudland journeyed to Greene County to face the resilient North Greene Huskies. While the Huskies displayed their grit in the first quarter, the Cloudland Highlanders managed to secure a two-touchdown lead by halftime. The second half of the game was dominated by Cloudland, with an additional 22 points scored, resulting in a resounding 46-8 victory over North Greene.

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Cloudland scored 22 points in the second half to defeat North Greene 46-8.