Cyclones rush to key region win

The ground game had no problems for Elizabethton on Friday night.

The Cyclones rushed to a 35-18 victory over Region foe Pigeon Forge in Citizens’ Bank Stadium give Elizabethton control of their own destiny for the region title.

The win, which was powered by nearly 450 rushing yards, was Elizabethton’s fifth straight win as they improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

Jeremiah Turner helped set the tone early for Elizabethton as Turner ran in a three-yard touchdown to cap off opening drive. An interception ended the Cyclones’  bid to make it 14-0, and allowed the Tigers to get on the board with a 34-yard field goal with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter.

After a big Turner run, Elizabethton pushed the lead to 14-3 after a two-yard touchdown run from Turner – which was the score at the half.

Jacob Turner got in the scoring act in the third quarter as he opened the scoring with a 47-yard touchdown as Elizabethton took a 21-3 lead. However, Noah Whaley struck for Pigeon Forge to close the gap to 21-10 at heading into the final quarter.

Ja. Turner, however dispelled any thought of a comeback with a 56-yard touchdown run. The Tigers pulled back within 10 with four minutes left in the game, but Elizabethton grinded out the clock and capped off a solid drive with a Ja. Turner touchdown.

Ja. Turner tallied 18 carries for 220 yards and the three touchdowns, while Je. Turner had 165 yards on 17 carries and two scores behind the Cyclone offensive line that controlled the game.

For the game, Elizabethton tallied 440 rushing yards.

Hunter Tyree went 11-of-13 passing for 140 yards. Jalen Smith and Drew Bowers had four catches apiece.

The Cyclones will travel to Claiborne County on Friday night.

For more pictures from the game, be sure to visit cartercountysports.instaproofs.com.

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Elizabethton Head Coach Shawn Witten