Two third-quarter turnovers by the Trailblazers stymied that hope and gave Elizabethton a clear path to a 38-10 win in a non-conference football game on Friday night at Nathan Hale Stadium.
"First half I think we played tentative on both sides of the ball," Blazers head coach Jeremy Jenkins said. "We gave up too many big plays defensively and stayed on the field for too many snaps. They have a lot of weapons and we aren't likely to see too many quarterbacks as good as the one we saw tonight.
The Cyclones’ senior quarterback, Carter Everett, was once again spectacular, completing 22-of-29 passes for 248 yards and three scores. Everett capped the first Elizabethton drive with a 22-yard pass to Evan Perkins to cap off a seven-play, 75-yard drive. The Cyclones (4-0) scored again on their next drive with senior Corey Russell diving in from the 1 to stake them to a 14-0 lead.
For head coach Shawn Witten, it was the 100th victory for him and his staff and he received a Gatorade shower in the aftermath.
"I have a great staff here," Witten said. "One hundred wins for this staff is a great milestone. These kids deserved the win. It was a total team effort, we forced some turnovers and I am super proud of these guys."
In the second period, Elizabethton extended to a 21-0 lead on an everett to Russell touchdown pass that covered 14 yards. Daniel Boone (2-1) was able to manage a 36-yard field goal near the end of the half off the foot of Jacob Jenkins.
White came on to start the third period after the ’Blazers blocked a field-goal attempt from Jaxton Holly from 34 yards and on his first carry White ripped off an 18-yard gain. His next carry was good for nine yards and it looked like Boone was poised for a comeback. Junior running back Charlie Cole scored on a 24-yard scamper to cut the Eliabethton lead to 21-10.
Russell threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Parker Hughes for a 28-10 Cyclones lead and on the ensuing kickoff Boone fumbled — and Elizabethton recovered in prime field position. On the first play, Everett found Perkins on a 2-yard scoring pass and the Cyclone lead ballooned to 35-10.
Freshman running back Bryson Rollins rushed 22 times for 103 yards for the Cyclones while Perkins had 104 receiving yards on seven catches.