KINGSPORT — Sullivan South’s longtime dominance of Elizabethton on the football field ended Friday night.
The Cyclones, who’d lost 10 games in a row to the Rebels, defeated South 21-7 on the running of tailback Ethan Thomas and quarterback Caleb Bailey.
Thomas and Bailey combined for 194 yards rushing. Bailey scored two touchdowns on keepers.
It was Elizabethon’s fourth consecutive victory.
“This win was a little bit of a statement by our team,” Cyclones coach Shawn Witten said. “We had to stay focused after last week’s huge emotional win over Sullivan North.
“South had won the last 10 against us and beat us in overtime last year. This was a tremendous team effort.”
The Rebels had to concentrate so much on stopping Thomas that Bailey was able to pull the ball back in and keep it for key yardage.
Thomas rushed 17 times for 118 yards. Bailey picked up 76 yards on 18 keepers.
Terrence Turner, who scored one TD, added 58 yards on nine carries.
For South, quarterback Charlie Moore gained 111 yards on 18 runs and hit on 9-of-17 passes for 64 yards. Zach Moore picked off two of his throws, returning the second one 52 yards in the final seconds without scoring.
ALCOA — Ezekial Koko ran for three touchdowns as the 19th-ranked Tornadoes shut out the two-time defending state champion Greene Devils at Goddard Field.
All of Koko’s TDs were in the first half, helping Alcoa take a 27-0 lead into the locker room.
The last shutout for the Greene Devils was a 10-0 loss at Elizabethton on Sept. 11, 2009. The shutout was the third of the season for Alcoa, which totlaed 450 yards.
Sullivan North 55
Wise (Va.) Central 7
WISE, Va. — Kairi Thompson scored two long touchdowns as the Raiders stepped out of conference and earned a convincing victory.
Thompson’s 69-yard touchdown run in the first quarter made it 14-0. He later added a 66-yard punt return for a score.
Sullivan Central 13
Sullivan East 7
BLOUNTVILLE — Matt Kincaid scored the game-winner in the final minutes as the Cougars survived against the Patriots.
Kincaid plunged into the end zone following an 10-play, 71-yard drive in the fourth quarter. East followed up by turning the ball over on downs and Central ran out the clock for the win. The Cougars’ first score came after East muffed the opening kick and Logan Fox threw a 7-yard pass to Dalton Lady for a TD.
Hancock County 0
ELIZABETHTON — Junior Eli Rasnick rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns and picked off two of Unaka’s five interceptions as the Rangers picked up their first win of the year.
Abingdon, Va. 10
Happy Valley 0
ELIZABETHTON — The Warriors were held to 14 rushing yards in the loss.
Tyler Arnold scored on a 4-yard run and Mitchell Ludwig kicked a 22-yard field goal for Abingdon.