The Cyclones scored 16 points in the first three minutes of the second quarter and never looked back, rolling to a 37-0 victory over Grainger inside Citizens Bank Stadium.
With the win, Elizabethton improved to 2-0 in Region 1-4A and 4-0 overall. Grainger fell to 0-2, 2-3.
Bryson Rollins and Parker Hughes played pitch and catch against the Grizzlies defense.
The duo connected for three touchdowns in the first half. For the game, Rollins was 14 of 18 passing — he completed eight consecutive passes to end the first half — for 202 yards.
The junior Hughes had five catches for 76 yards to go along with the the three touchdowns.
ELIZABETHTON SEIZES CONTROL
The Cyclones took an early lead on the game’s opening drive as Cade Maupin scored on a 5-yard run to give EHS a 7-0 lead after a quarter of play.
From there, it was all Elizabethton.
Rollins found Hughes for their first score of the night — a 10-yard touchdown — then the Cyclone defense forced a quick three-and-out. On the ensuing play, the snap sailed over the Grainger punter’s head for a safety.
EHS wasted no time in taking advantage of the free kick as Rollins and Hughes connected for a 42-yard touchdown with 9:25 to play in the half.
Rollins and Hughes connected again with a short 5-yard touchdown to give Elizabethton a 30-0 advantage at intermission.
The Cyclone defense held the Griz to just 19 offensive yards in the first half.
Rollins added 48 yards and a score on the ground, while Maupin finished with nine carries for 41 yards. Zach Hartley had three catches for 49 yards.
Jaxton Holly was a perfect 5 for 5 on extra points.
The Cyclones wrap up a three-game homestand by welcoming Cherokee for homecoming next week. Grainger next plays host to Sullivan East.