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For first time since 1951, Cyclones finish with perfect slate

Pat Kenny • Updated Nov 2, 2019 at 12:50 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Elizabethton played lights out in a historic 37-0 win over Sullivan Central on Friday night at Bernie Webb Field.

The Cyclones (10-0, 6-0 Region 1-4A) completed just the second perfect regular season in school history and their first since 1951.

“We played a tough schedule this season,” said Elizabethton coach Shawn Witten. “We were the lucky ones this year. We found a way to beat three teams that folks didn’t think we’d beat. This is a great accomplishment for the kids."

The game was delayed over 40 minutes because of lighting issues at the stadium.

When the lights did come back on, the Cyclones flipped the switch and scored on their first four possessions to leave the Cougars (2-8, 1-5) in a deep hole.

“We wanted to come out and be crisp and smooth with our offense tonight,” Witten noted. “I thought we did a good job of mixing in some runs with some easy passes.

“We played a good, solid game and put it away early. We got out of here with the win and now we can move on to the playoffs.”

Elizabethton took the opening kickoff and drove 61 yards in five plays. Nate Stephens dashed in from 10 yards out and, after a Jaxton Holly point-after kick, the Cyclones were on their way.

Stephens scored on an 11-yard scamper on Elizabethton’s second possession and Cade Maupin added a 3-yard touchdown run to put the Cyclones up 20-0 after the first quarter.

Following a fumble recovery, the Cyclones moved ahead 27-0 on Maupin’s 4-yard touchdown run. Holly added a 37-yard field goal to end the half.

Jordan Killion hauled in a 28-yard TD pass from Bryson Rollins late in the third quarter to put Elizabethton up 37-0, triggering a running clock.

Maupin finished with 15 carries for 102 yards, putting him over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. Rollins completed 10 of 13 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.

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