Elizabethton continued to be full speed ahead Friday night.
The Cyclones steamrolled past Cherokee for a 56-0 victory in non-conference action in Rogersville. It was the 20th consecutive win for EHS as the defending state champions improve to 5-0 on the year.
The Cyclones left no doubt on Friday night.
After the EHS defense forced a quick Cherokee punt, Bryson Rollins found Parker Hughes for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Elizabethton’s defense held strong on fourth down on the ensuing drive, and Rollins found the end zone on a one-yard run as the Cyclones pushed the lead to 14-0.
Nate Stephens recovered the ensuing onside kick to set EHS up in prime field position, which allowed Rollins and Hughes to connect for a 42-yard touchdown. The Sean Smithdeal extra point gave Elizabethton a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Jordan Killion caught an 11-yard pass from Rollins for the score – which was set-up by a long catch by Cade Russell.
The Cyclones saw LaDarian Avery add a three-yard touchdown run and Rollins scored on a three-yard run – which was set-up by a long pass to Jake Roberts – to take a 42-0 lead at the half.
Elizabethton continued to have all the momentum in the second half.
Rollins capped off the night with a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Dalton Mitchell hit Nick Vanover for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the closing minutes to account for the final score.
Rollins was 9-of-11 passing for 224 yards and also added 57 yards on eight carries on the ground. Stephens finished the night with 52 yards on five carries, while Avery added 27 yards on three carries.
Hughes finished the night with four catches for 126 yards. Roberts tallied two catches for 57 yards.
As a team, EHS rolled to 393 offensive yards, while limiting Cherokee to just 49 yards.