When Elizabethton needed big plays the most, the defense delivered.
The Cyclones saw Jake Roberts and Deuce Morton propel EHS to a 31-17 road victory over William Blount on Friday evening. With the win, Elizabethton improved to 6-0 on the year.
It was a battle from the opening kick.
The Govs took an early 7-0 lead as Seth Cooper scored on a nine-yard run with 4:18 left in the opening quarter. Jaxton Holly put EHS on the board with just over three minutes left in the first half with a 42-yard field goal to trim the Cyclone deficit to 7-3 at the break.
In the third quarter, William Blount pushed the lead back to seven points with a Job Matossian 53-yard field goal. The Cyclones, however, answered in a big way with a 13-play drive that ended when Rollins scored on a three-yard run.
Holly’s extra point evened the score at 10-10 with 4:06 left to play in the quarter.
The Govs regained the lead early in the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run by Trey Clemmer. Elizabethton answered the call as Parker Hughes caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Rollins to even things up once again.
That set the stage for the EHS defense to steal the show.
After William Blount had moved to midfield, Roberts nabbed a tipped ball and raced 52 yards for the touchdown to give EHS their first lead of the night with just over six minutes left in the game.
The teams traded possessions before the game’s final drive that saw Morton jump in front of a WB pass and returned it 67 yards for the touchdown with 32 seconds remaining to secure the win.
Rollins was 12-of-17 for 164 yards passing. As a team, Elizabethton outgained William Blount 309-264.
The Cyclones return to the road next Friday with a trip to Union County.