Cyclones look to keep Falcons grounded in Region 1 4A contest

Published 9:10 am Wednesday, October 11, 2023

STAR CORRESPONDENT

The Elizabethton Cyclones know how important it is to not overlook an opponent, especially when that opponent comes into a contest without having won a game all season and that is exactly what the Cyclones face this Friday night for their second game of the year at Citizens Bank Stadium.

For a team without a victory, the Volunteer Falcons would love nothing better than swoop down and blindside the Cyclones who have gone through the season to date without a blemish in the loss category.

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It will be more like a playoff game or even a Super Bowl for the Falcons should they win and upend the state’s third-ranked Cyclones in Class 4A.

Elizabethton enters the contest coming off a 42-7 victory over Northview Academy who entered last week’s contest with only one loss on the season before the Cyclones dropped another one in the loss column for the Cougars.

The Cyclones are showcasing continuous improvement in various aspects of their game, with sophomore quarterback Rhett Slagle finding his rhythm and delivering impressive numbers through the air, primarily targeting three standout receivers: junior Jeriah Griffin, senior Luke Whaley, and senior Eli Blevins.

In his last two games, Slagle has completed 27 of 39 passes, amassing 430 yards and securing three touchdowns. When Slagle isn’t airing it out, the Cyclones rely on a dependable ground game led by senior Zeth Mullins, who has achieved over 100 rushing yards in each of the last three games.

Senior Kaleb Holzer has also been a valuable contributor in the backfield, showcasing his versatility by grinding out yards up the middle and utilizing his speed to break free downfield.

A key component of the Cyclones’ success has been their offensive line, consistently opening running lanes and providing crucial protection for Slagle. Corey Green, Seth Campbell, Wyatt Pittensbarger, Brayden Rainwater, Eli Guess, and Josh Hayes have formed a formidable front line unit.

On the defensive side, the Cyclones continue to perform at a high level, with D-1 prospect Mason Ball leading the way and receiving support from players like Eli Guess, Ben Adams, and Landon Hughes.

Volunteer will have their work cut out for them but unfortunately for the visitors from Church Hill, it looks to be another long night and another loss.

Kickoff has been changed from 7:30 pm to 7 pm on Friday night.