PERFECTION COMPLETE: CYCLONES CLAIM STATE TITLE IN DOMINANT PERFORMANCE

Carter County Sports

The 2019 Class 4A State Champions are clad in orange.

Elizabethton delivered a dominant performance to take a 30-6 victory over Springfield in the BlueCross Bowl Class 4A State Championship game at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville.

The win caps off a perfect 15-0 season for the Cyclones and is the first state title for the program since 1938.

Bryson Rollins was named the Most Valuable Player as he sophomore signal-caller set a state record for completion percentage as he went 11-for-12 passing for 105 yards. Rollins also added 153 yards on 30 carries.

Elizabethton set the tone early and often on both sides of the ball.

After the EHS defense forced two three-and-outs, Elizabethton got things moving at the midpoint of the first quarter. Rollins hit Parker Hughes for the game’s first drive on the opening play. That set off a seven-play drive that ended when Jaxton Holly kicked in a 32-yard field goal to give EHS a 3-0 lead.

The Cyclones stopped a fourth-and-one on the ensuing drive and the EHS offense quickly moved into scoring position. Cade Maupin scored on a three-yard run that gave Elizabethton a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After Springfield punted on the opening play of the second quarter, the Cyclones marched down the field on a 12-play drive that took five minutes off the board. However, EHS came up empty-handed on the drive.

In the final four minutes of the half, EHS methodically took advantage of field position and the clock and they nearly ran out the quarter. The drive ended when Zach Hartley took a Rollins pass 28 yards for the touchdown after running over a pair of Yellow Jacket defenders.

Elizabethton lead 16-0 at the half after holding Springfield to no first downs and just 41 yards of total offense.

In the third quarter, the Cyclones kept the pressure on.

After a five-minute drive came up empty-handed, EHS saw a punt bounce off the Springfield return man and the Cyclones’ Carson Stressman recovered it. Rollins ran in from six yards out on the next play to get EHS back on the board.

The Yellow Jackets, however, responded as Gabriel Kelly caught a Kevontez Hudson pass for a 66-yard touchdown, but Elizabethton blocked the extra point. The Cyclones marched down the field on the ensuing drive but were stopped on fourth and one at the Springfield one.

In the fourth quarter, Maupin and Rollins found running room behind a dominant offensive line. Maupin scored on a seven-yard touchdown with just over seven minutes to play to push the EHS lead to 30-6.

Maupin nabbed a pair of interceptions to help set off the celebration amongst the large contingent of EHS faithful who made the trip.

The senior Maupin finished with 81 yards on 18 carries, while Hughes had seven catches for 50 yards. Hartley added 39 receiving yards.

Jonathan Morton led Elizabethton with five tackles, while Stressman finished with three.

As a team, Elizabethton outgained Springfield 339-133 and held the Yellow Jackets to just three first downs.

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