The difference, frankly, was the beginning.
Science Hill scored 35 points in the first quarter as they took a 56-34 victory over Elizabethton on Friday at Dave Rider Field.
After the 35-point barrage, the Cyclones got on the board when Ethan Thomas scored from 74 yards out as they trailed 35-7 heading to the second quarter.
Neither team was able to put points on the board until Caleb Armstrong hit Markus Olds for a 94-yard touchdown pass to close the Elizabethton gap to 21 points at the break.
Armstrong hit Olds again in the third quarter for an 80-yard score, and Caleb Jones broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run. However, the Science Hill offense continued to put points on the board.
Hunter Tyree hit Jaylen Smith to cap off the scoring for the Cyclones.
Thomas recorded 192 yards on 23 carries.
“We got so far down, and we had to fight our way back. We hung in there and tried to compete, but give credit to them. This by far will hopefully be the best team we will see all year.”
-Elizabethton Head Coach Shawn Witten
“In the first quarter a bunch of good things happened,” said Science Hill head coach Stacy Carter. “We had a good start and made some big plays, which we needed against a good football team.”
-Science Hill Head Coach Stacy Carter