Scrimmage early measuring stick for Elizabethton


  The football future appears bright a little down the road for the Elizabethton Cyclones, but for many underclassman, the chance to shine might be the present.
  'Betsy showed a lot of promise in Friday's scrimmage game against the Volunteer Falcons, but the lack of experience could be a key factor in the upcoming EHS season.
  The Cyclones and Falcons hooked up in a preseason skirmish that saw each team get the ball for 10 plays on offense. If a team failed to move inside the 20 during its offensive series, the ball was turned over to the other squad.
  Elizabethton held its own against the much bigger Falcons, who are expected to be one to the top teams in the IMAC this season.
  "I was pleased with our overall play, it being our first scrimmage," stated Cyclone head coach Eddie Pless. "I saw several things we did well and many of things we need to work on.
  "'After watching the film we were especially pleased with the play of our upperclassman. The things we need to work on are fixable, but will hopefully be corrected before our first game."
  Charles Peters looked sharp at quarterback in one series, marching the Cyclones on an 18-play drive capped off with a touchdown run by James Peterson.
  Weston Jeffers hooked up with J.C. Atkinson on a 59-yard bomb to combat another score for 'Betsy.
  "We have a good battle going on at quarterback," added Pless. "Jeffers, Peters and Preston Smith are all very capable at running our football team."
  The Cyclone defense was solid against the run, led by senior linebacker Derek Nave, who had several key stops on the day. Nathan Bishop and Austin Taylor came up with interceptions as the orange and black defense stood toe to toe with the blue and orange regime from Church Hill.
  Peterson and James Shaver appear to be the workhorses in the backfield with several good runs while Josh Hutchins appears to be a good addition at the fullback position.
  The defense kept the speedy Volunteer backs from getting on the corners, thanks to the stellar play of Logan Hyatt and Justin Conners, who man the defensive end positions.
  "We got to play several kids, which was good for our team," added Pless. "The fact that we never turned the ball over during the scrimmage is something that pleased our staff as a whole."
  The Cyclones will take part in the Mountain Lakes Conference jamboree Thursday night at Sullivan South. They are slated to take on Sullivan Central in the third quarter.