Elizabethton returned to business as normal as they rolled back Sullivan East on Friday night. However, it wasn’t as easy for the Warriors in their trip to Sullivan South.
Elizabethton 63, Sullivan East 27
The Cyclones rebounded quite nicely on Friday night.
After falling to Science Hill last week, Elizabethton jumped out early and never looked back as they rolled to a 63-27 victory over the Patriots in Bluff City.
The win moved the Cyclones to 2-1 on the season, while Sullivan East falls to 1-2.
Markus Olds was on the receiving end of the first touchdown pass from Caleb Armstrong, and Jaylen Smith caught a 18 yarder to push the Cyclones lead to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Armstrong used his leg in the second quarter to score as he ran from 12 yards out. Sullivan East scored with some trickery on the ensuing kickoff return.
However, Ethan Thomas scored from one yard and 76 yards to extend the Elizabethton lead. An Armstrong pass to Isiah Clark gave the Cyclones a 42-7 advantage at the half.
In the second half, Thomas struck from 62 yards and on a 17 yard screen pass from Armstrong. Caleb Jones capped off the scoring as he dived into the endzone from three yards out.
Thomas finished the game with 258 yards, while Armstrong went 12-of-13 through the air. Elizabethton tallied 579 yards of offense in the game.
“That may have been a blessing in disguise,. He didn’t have to go through the grind of two a days and four-hour practices. He’s stronger. Also, we’ve mixed it up, spread the ball around, and hope to keep him fresh.”
-Elizabethton Head Coach Shawn Witten on Ethan Thomas missing preseason camp.
Sullivan South 49, Happy Valley 7
Unfortunately for Happy Valley, they ran into a pack of angry Rebels.
Sullivan South jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back as they rolled to a 49-7 victory over the Warriors in Kingsport.
After falling behind 28-0, the Warriors put points on the board at the start of the second quarter as with a lengthy drive. However, Dylan Wieger recorded six total touchdowns for the Rebels to lead to thwart any thought of a Happy Valley upset.
The Warriors fall to 0-3 on the year.
“We knew they had a good team, one of the better teams in the state. We knew also that they’d be upset. We have a lot of great kids in the program. We were just a little outmanned tonight.”
-Happy Valley Coach Larry Shivley