The Elizabethton football team picked up a statement win Friday night.
The Cyclones stormed to a 41-21 victory over Rhea County in nonconference action inside Citizens Bank Stadium. The start of the game was delayed nearly an hour due to lightning in the area.
Elizabethton improves to 6-1 on the season.
The Cyclones came out of the gate quickly.
Bryson Rollins scored on a four-yard touchdown run four plays into the game to give the Cyclones an early lead.
Later in the quarter, Cade Russell broke free for a 30 yard touchdown to give EHS a 13-0 lead after a quarter of play.
Rollins found the endzone again three minutes into the second stanza as he scored on a three-yard run to push the EHS advantage to 20-7.
After Rhea County broke onto the board with a 32 yard touchdown from Caleb Martin, Elizabethton answered as Rollins scored on a keep in the final minute of the half to send the Cyclones into the locker room with a 27-7 lead.
The Golden Eagles had a lengthy drive to open the third quarter as the 19-play drive took nearly 11 minutes off the clock. Rhea County capped the drive off as Ethan Davis scored on a two-yard touchdown run.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Rollins hit Jake Roberts for a 44-yard swing pass to stop any thoughts of a Rhea County rally.
Rollins capped the scoring late in the contest with a short run.
Rollins tallied 21 carries for 147 yards, while going 2-for-4 passing for 52 yards – both catches were by Roberts.
Russell finished with 11 carries for 91 yards.
Rhea County was led by Davis’s 138 yards on 25 carries.
Elizabethton is set to return to action next Friday night with a road trip to Volunteer.
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