Maupin finished with 131 yards on 14 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run down the right sideline late in the first half after Boone had closed within two points.
“We faced some adversity, had muffed a punt and needed a big play,” Maupin said. “The line blocked. It was perfect and I got a long run out of it. The coaches stayed on me all week about hitting the holes hard and I just came out here wanting to prove something.”
Rollins went 5-of-8 passing for 52 yards and had 13 rushes for 80 more yards. The Cyclones (3-0) outgained the Trailblazers 212-102 on the ground.
“Both of those guys, Rollins and Maupin, have been working quarterback and running back,” Elizabethton coach Shawn Witten said. “Maupin has that home-run speed and that was a huge play to knock them back down.
“I’m most proud of how Bryson Rollins took command of our football team tonight. He made some plays with his feet, which shows how he’s really talented. He works hard and I’m proud of the plays he made as a sophomore today.”
The Trailblazers (1-3), playing without star running back Charlie Cole and linebacker Devon White, gave a game effort after falling behind early. Starting quarterback Kaleb Worley completed 8 of 17 passes for 52 yards and had 17 rushes for 42 yards. Jackson Jenkins also played quarterback, hitting 4 of 12 passes, while Brennan Blair had 14 rushes for 48 yards.
“We were better than we were last week. It’s just going to be a process of get us back going,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “I’m proud of our team. Our kids fought hard and that’s a good football team. We were tooth and nail there — just had a couple of plays there in the second half.
“I expected our kids to play hard, we did that and we didn’t give up. We didn’t cash in touchdowns, but we can build off the effort.”
CYCLONES STRIKE EARLY
Elizabethton scored on the game’s first possession, going 66 yards on 12 plays, capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Rollins to Jake Roberts.
An interception by Deuce Morton gave Elizabethton the ball at the Boone 32, leading to a short drive and 21-yard touchdown throw from Rollins to Braden Holly.
Boone caught a break when Elizabethton fumbled the first of two punt receptions, leading to its own short drive and a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kaleb Worley. The Trailblazer defense forced a three-and-out on the next possession and a muffed punt by Elizabethton gave Boone the ball at the Cyclone 13.
The ’Blazers again took advantage with a 27-yard field goal by Jacob Jenkins. That’s when Maupin countered with his 80-yard run and a 21-9 Elizabethton lead. However, another fumbled punt reception led to more Boone points with Jenkins booting a 41-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
ROBERTS STRIKES AGAIN
Roberts stepped in front of a pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown for the only score of the third quarter. Elizabethton led 28-12 at the end of period.
“It’s my sophomore season. I’m just coming out here to do my job,” Roberts said after scoring both offensive and defensive touchdowns. “The catch was a busted play and it ended up being a scramble drill. I just found a hole and Bryson found me. On the pick-six, we watched film all week and saw they like to throw to the single receiver side. I saw the route and jumped it.”
The Cyclones put the game away in the fourth quarter with Maupin scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run with 5:15 left.
Elizabethton will host Grainger next Friday, while Boone has a needed week off.