Elizabethton rolls on Homecoming, Senior Night for 25th straight victory



Elizabethton celebrated in style Friday night.

The Cyclones rolled to a 70-34 victory over Sullivan Central Friday night at Citizens Bank Stadium on Homecoming and Senior Night.

It was Elizabethton’s 25th consecutive win and the second straight perfect regular season for the Cyclones. EHS is slated to open the playoffs on Friday by hosting East Ridge next Friday night.

The Cyclones scored early and often.

Bryson Rollins opened the scoring with a one-yard run before finding Jordan Killion for a 49-yard touchdown pass to give EHS a 14-0 lead. Nate Stephens added a five-yard run to push the Elizabethton lead to 21-0 after a quarter of play.

The Cyclones continued to hold the momentum early in the second quarter as Cade Russell scored on a one-yard run. After the Cougars broke onto the scoreboard with a short touchdown pass, Stephens answered with a 31-yard touchdown run for the Cyclones.

Central’s defense got in the scoring act midway through the second quarter with a pick-six, but Elizabethton wouldn’t be fazed.

After a long run put EHS in scoring position, Stephens scored his third touchdown of the night – this time from a yard out.

The Cyclone defense came up big on the ensuing drive as Braden Holly jumped on a Cougar fumble to set EHS up inside Central territory.

With just over a minute left in the half, Stephens scored on a three-yard run to give EHS a 49-14 halftime lead.

Elizabethton continued to cruise in the second half.

Stephens added a 58-yard touchdown before Dalton Mitchell connected with Parker Hughes for a 21-yard touchdown. Mitchell found Nick Vanover for a 24-yard pass to account for the Elizabethton scoring in the fourth quarter.

Stephens finished his impressive five touchdown night with nine carries for 197 yards, while Rollins had five carries for 94 yards. Russell tallied six carries for 62 yards.

Mitchell finished five-of-seven passing for 88 yards and two scores, while Rollins was 3-for-7 for 75 yards with a score. Hughes ended the game with four catches for 60 yards.

As a team, Elizabethton finished with 543 yards of total offense.

Elizabethton’s Sean Smithdeal was 10-for-10 on extra-point attempts.

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