High School Football Roundup

Published 11:59 pm Friday, November 3, 2023

Elizabethton 38, Knox Carter 0
After a sluggish first half, the Elizabethton Cyclones finally overcame penalties and their own mistakes to seize control in the second half to take a 38-0 victory over Knox Carter to advance to the second round of the 2023 Class 4-A BlueCross Football Championship on the road at defending state champion Anderson Co. next Friday night in Clinton.
Zeth Mullins had 113 yards rushing on 10 carries while adding three scores while picking off two passes to lead the Cyclones. Jeriah Griffin added 21 carries for 91 yards and two scores. Quarterback Rhett Slagle completed 8-of-12 passes for 196 yards to help the Cyclones finish with 366 yards of total offense to 224 for Knox Carter.
See Wednesday’s Star for more on the contest.

Star Photo/Ivan Sanders
Elizabethton running back Jeriah Griffin seeks the edge against the pursuit of Knox Carter’s Roman Webb (42).

Hampton 36, Polk County 19
Hampton overcame a 19-14 halftime deficit and Dominique Burleson rushed for three touchdowns as Hampton took a 36-19 win over Polk County in round one of the TSSAA 2A playoffs. Dylan Trivett passed for 100 yards on five-of-eight passing.
Hampton will play at home again next week against Bledsoe County, a 42-21 winner over South Greene.

Star Photo/Larry N. Souders
Polk County was facing a fourth and 20 with under a minute left in the first half and the Bulldogs Dylan Trivett (18) leaps in front of Damian McWilliams (12) to make a game-changing interception. Hampton would go into the half down 14-19, but the tide had turned.

Oneida 17 Happy Valley 0
Happy Valley’s long-awaited playoff return ended in a tough contest. The visiting Oneida Indians dominated the first half, outgaining the Warriors 135-15. Oneida’s Landon Limburg scored the first touchdown with a 7-yard run, while a strong Warriors’ defense held the Indians to a 14-0 lead. In the final 45 seconds of the half, Oneida’s Caden Rector connected with Aiden Frazier for a 13-yard touchdown pass. The Warriors managed just three first downs in the first half. Despite late efforts, the Warriors fell 17-0 in the third quarter, concluding their 2023 season with a 7-4 record. Joseph Sowards led with 56 rushing yards and 11 tackles, while JC Andes added seven tackles and Gabe McDougald contributed 6.

Star Photo/Ron Marvel
Joseph Sowards runs off-tackle for a gain of 4 yards in 2nd quarter action against Oneida.

Greenback 41, Cloudland 20
ROAN MOUNTAIN – In Roan Mountain, the Greenback Cherokees secured a 41-20 victory over the Cloudland Highlanders in the first round of the playoffs, sealing the win with two late touchdowns. Greenback took an early 8-0 lead with a score on the game’s first play. Cloudland narrowed the gap to 8-6 on a 17-yard reception by Austin Caraway. The game remained competitive until the Cherokees surged ahead in the late stages. Kyle Birchfield led Cloudland with 34 carries for 119 rushing yards and added 97 passing yards. Grayson Cole contributed 63 yards on 14 rushing attempts.

2023 Cloudland Highlanders

Coalfield 63, Unaka 8
COALFIELD – In the first round of the TSSAA 1A playoffs held in Morgan County, the Unaka Rangers hit the road on Friday night to take on the formidable Coalfield Yellow Jackets. Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets proved too dominant, handing the Rangers a resounding 63-8 defeat. The loss marked the end of the season for the Rangers, concluding with a 2-9 overall record. The Coalfield Yellow Jackets’ strong performance showcased their prowess in this playoff clash.

2023 Unaka Rangers

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