Elizabethton Junior Cyclones achieve triple WJAL Championships sweep, finish season undefeated

Published 12:44 pm Monday, October 23, 2023

By Ron Marvel

Star Correspondent

The Elizabethton Junior Cyclones blew into Burley Field, Greeneville, with three Watauga Junior Championships on the line. When all was settled they walked out with all three titles. The Cyclones Mighty Mites were able to hold off Boone for a 14-12 win. In the game, Easton Chambers scored twice and added the first extra point, while Asher Adams chipped in the other extra point conversion. Defensively for the Mighty Mites, Levi Shepherd, Vaughn Wickizer and Jaxon Rader had strong efforts.

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In the Grasscutters Championship, two county rivals met in the Grasscutters Black Cyclones and the Happy Valley Warriors. The Cyclones distanced themselves late as they pulled out a 32-0 win. QB Ben Ringley had a day as he scored on both offense and defense. Ringley had two rushing TDs and added a 30-yard pick-6 to boot. Colin Clemson caught a 20-yard TD late in the game off Rinley’s arm. For the Warriors Cam Patton, Zamari Bowling, JuJu Bowling, and Colt Absalom all put in a day’s work for the HV Warriors. Defensively for the Cyclones Andrew White had two interceptions, while Neyland Street, Liam Simerly, Cash Reece and Jensen Cross had big days for the Cyclones in black.

Looking for a clean sweep, the Jr. Peewee Orange squad made two big defensive stops early in the game and then used a solid ground game to post a 21-0 win. With time running out, Rider Witten hit Elijah Odom on a crossing route for a 50-yard TD pass to close out the first half and give the Cyclones a 6-0 lead before the break.

Rider Witten would tack on a three-yard rushing TD and  Shanning Hendricks would boot in the extra point for a 14-0 lead. Elijah Odom would score late to push the lead to 21-0 and then the Cyclones would drain the final moments off the clock with a powerful running game for the clean sweep for the Cyclones. Not only were the Cyclones WJAL League Champions, but all three teams also went undefeated as well, a perfect 30-0!

This comprehensive coverage was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Citizens Bank.