Elizabethton’s Parker Hughes had the block of the night Friday night.
Hughes blocked a Daniel Boone field goal with 53 seconds remaining to help the Cyclones take a 23-21 road victory over Daniel Boone. EHS improved to 3-0 with the win – which was their 18th straight victory.
It was a slugfest for all four quarters.
Elizabethton struck first as Hughes caught a 10-yard pass from Bryson Rollins for a touchdown, but Boone countered with a 34-yard touchdown from Brennan Blair that tied the game up at 7-7 after a quarter of play.
Rollins and Hughes connected for the second time of the night – this time from 12 yards out – and Sean Smithdeal added the extra point to give EHS a 14-7 lead with just over eight minutes left in the half.
Daniel Boone ended the half on a high note. After a 13-yard touchdown run from Blair, the Trailblazers recovered the squib kick on the ensuing kickoff. That set-up a 48-yard touchdown pass as Jackson Jenkins hit Phillip Page for the score as Boone captured the lead.
EHS, however, got back on the board to trim the deficit to 21-17 at the half after a 24-yard field goal from Smithdeal.
In the second half, it continued to be a battle.
Elizabethton captured the lead with 8:16 remaining as Rollins found Jake Roberts on a short bubble screen. Roberts took it from there as he raced 37 yards for the touchdown to give EHS a 23-21 advantage.
The teams traded possessions until Daniel Boone intercepted an Elizabethton pass with just under three minutes to play. Boone moved the ball inside the EHS 10 to set-up the field goal attempt which Hughes denied.
Hughes finished with five catches for 73 yards, while Rollins was 14-of-23 passing with 156 yards and also tallied 24 carries for 123 yards.
Roberts had 3 catches for 48 yards.