Cyclones, Hampton top list of decade's best

Douglas Fritz • Aug 6, 2018 at 4:26 PM

Over the past decade, several area football teams have been consistent winners.

But it may be surprising how they rank among their peers in terms of sustained excellence.

Here is the list, in order of total wins, over the last 10 seasons:

1. Elizabethton (92-33)

The Cyclones have played 125 games over the last 10 years, which is an impressive 25 playoff contests to easily outdistance all other area squads. They have five seasons with double-digit wins, and two years with nine victories.

2. Hampton (85-30)

A pair of losing seasons and some early playoff exits have prevented the Bulldogs from keeping pace with the Cyclones. But the No. 2 spot isn’t a bad place to be, especially on a list including Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill.

3. Dobyns-Bennett (82-35)

With a record of 18-17 over the last three seasons, the Indians dropped into the No. 3 spot. In the first five years, D-B was off to a 49-10 start.

4. Science Hill and Sullivan North (78-37)

The Hilltoppers have been consistent, winning at least seven games every year except two. The Raiders offset a 1-9 dip with a 23-3 two-year stretch.

6. Sullivan South (76-41)

The Rebels boast four double-digit-win seasons, but have been all over the map with two wins one year and two five-victory campaigns.

7. Tennessee High (65-48)

It has been a mixed bag for the Vikings. Their best seasons — three eight-win totals and an 11-1 finish — have kept them among the leaders.

8. Happy Valley (61-49)

The Warriors had four solid years early before a three-year dip. The 19-6 run over the last two seasons have pushed them back over the .500 mark.

9. Cloudland (61-51)

Hurt by two seasons with a combined total of four wins early in the stretch, the Highlanders helped their cause with a pair of nine-win efforts.

10. Daniel Boone (59-50)

The Trailblazers had four straight losing seasons and combined mark of 14-27 before last year’s 8-3 record. The first five years with a record of 37-20 kept them afloat.

Season openers

Monday marks the first day area teams can hit the playing surfaces for games that count in girls soccer, volleyball and cross country.

Here’s a look at some of Monday’s highlights:

Girls Soccer

Science Hill plays host to Daniel Boone at 6 p.m. The Lady Hilltoppers are coming off an 18-4-2 season, where they reached the Class AAA state tournament before losing 2-1 to Franklin. ...

Dobyns-Bennett opens Tuesday at home against David Crockett at 6 p.m.


Science Hill begins its season with a home game against Elizabethton at 4 p.m. The Lady Cyclones were a Class AA sectional qualifier in 2017. ...

Dobyns-Bennett’s season opener is Monday at Sullivan South at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Rebels reached the Class AA state tournament last season. …

Volunteer, a Class AAA sectional qualifier in 2017, opens Monday at home against rival Cherokee at 4:30 p.m.

Beckner’s decision

Dobyns-Bennett’s Brogan Beckner recently announced his college intentions. The left-handed committed to play baseball at Virginia Tech.

Tennessee and ETSU were also in the running for the services of Beckner, who can make it official with the Hokies during the November signing period.

D-B head coach Ryan Wagner, said he believes Beckner has a chance to do well at Tech.

“He has the makeup to pitch at a high level, and that is why he is going to play in the ACC,” said Wagner of the 6-foot-4 left-hander. “We are definitely glad we have Brogan back for another year.”

Preseason Top 10

It’s not opening week yet, but word of mouth is spreading. Here is the first installment of the High School Football Top 10 for our coverage area.

1. Science Hill

2. Dobyns-Bennett

3. Elizabethton

4. Daniel Boone

5. David Crockett

6. Tennessee High

7. Cherokee

8. Johnson County

9. Sullivan North

10. Happy Valley

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