Cyclones cruise past Patriots



Elizabethton was full steam ahead on Friday night.

The Cyclones scored early and often in the first half en route to a 58-7 victory over Sullivan East in the region opener in Citizens Bank Stadium.

With the win, Elizabethton improves to 2-0 on the year and has won 17 straight games and 20 consecutive games inside Citizens Bank Stadium dating back to 2017.

The Cyclones didn’t miss a beat from the opening kick.

Bryson Rollins opened the scoring with a short touchdown scamper, and Sean Smithdeal added an extra point to give EHS a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the game. On the next Elizabethton drive, Jake Roberts caught a 22-yard pass from Rollins for a touchdown.

The Cyclones pushed the lead to 21-0 after LaDarian Avery capped off an impressive drive with a one-yard scamper.

Elizabethton’s defense continued to befuddle and limit the Patriot offense which kept giving the red-hot Cyclone offense the ball with momentum.

Week 1 Climate Controllers Player of the Week Parker Hughes broke into the end zone on a 39-yard run, and Nate Stephens gave Elizabethton a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter with a 30-yard score.

Early in the second quarter, Braden Holly got in the scoring act as he caught a 17-yard pass from Rollins for the Elizabethton touchdown. Hughes wasn’t finished as he caught a Rollins pass for a 98-yard touchdown.

The final score of the half came in the final minute as Stephens scored on a 39-yard run to give EHS a 55-0 halftime lead.

Elizabethton added a Smithdeal field goal in the second half to account for their final score, and East scored with five seconds left to prevent the shutout.

Rollins had an impressive game as he was 6-of-9 passing for 195 yards, while adding 19 yards on the ground.

Stephens tallied 97 yards on eight carries, while Avery had 60 yards on seven runs. Hughes finished with 135 total offensive yards.

Cade Russell added 37 yards rushing, while Roberts had two catches for 36 yards.

Elizabethton will take Week 3 off for their bye week.

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