Vikings gain measure of revenge versus EHS


Photo by Ivan Sanders
Cyclone running back James Peterson knifes through the Tennessee High defense.

By Ivan Sanders
STAR STAFF
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BRISTOL--The game between the Elizabethton and Tennessee High junior varsities didn't have as much riding on it as the one played between the two respective varsity teams this past Friday night, yet one couldn't tell it by the way the Cyclones and Vikes were laying it on the line Monday evening.
This time the Vikings were the team that managed to pull out the win, by a score of 28-14, at Bristol's Stone Castle with a potent ground game. Tennessee High also used a couple of critical miscues by the Cyclones to gain the upper hand on the young, but tough Cyclone JVers.
"These kids play hard even though they are a little low on numbers, as we played 12 varsity kids and the rest were freshmen," said Cyclone junior varsity coach Steve McKinney. " These guys are going to be champions by the time they are seniors."
Tennessee High scored first on a Carleton Bell nine-yard touchdown, with the extra point by Nathan Miller sailing straight between the uprights. When EHS failed to move the ball after the kickoff, the Vikes took control again.
Matt Fox put an end to the Vike drive when he pounced on the loose pigskin at the EHS 40-yard line with 4:36 showing in the first quarter. Both teams swapped possessions before the Cyclones managed to break the ice on its side of the scoreboard.
Cyclone tailback James Peterson broke through the Viking defense and scampered 19 yards for the score with 8:43 left in the half. Brian Freeman's PAT was true and the game was even at seven all.
The Vikings weren't about to let the Cyclones gain any momentum as they took the ensuing kickoff and scored on the fourth play of the series. Ryan Shaw scored on a one-yard dive, with the big play being a 30-yard completion from Vike QB Daniel Booher to his wide receiver.
Miller's extra point attempt was again perfect to push the Vikes ahead 14-7. Tennessee High looked to put the game away after a fumble recovery with less than four minutes left in the half.
Justin Marion burst through the middle of the Cyclone defense for a two-yard touchdown run, with Miller adding the boot for a 21-7 Viking edge. The score stood until the horn sounded to end the half.
After a Viking fumble to open the second half, the Cyclones marched from midfield on nine plays to pull within seven points. Cyclone QB Weston Jeffers called his own number as he plowed three yards for the score.
Freeman hit the PAT and with 4:31 left in the third quarter, EHS was within an arm's length of the Vikes, trailing 21-14.
Bell sealed the win in the fourth and final period as he carried the ball one-yard for a score to push the edge back to a two-touchdown advantage with 3:34 remaining in the contest. Elizabethton couldn't muster anything quick enough and the Vikings ran out the clock for the win.
Said McKinney: "Lucas Deloach, Adam Grindstaff, and Tony Sullivan did a great job on the left side of the offensive line and James Peterson ran the ball really hard tonight. Weston Jeffers continues to improve and will be a great leader for the Cyclones in the future. The young receivers also proved they have great hands to make the catches."
Elizabethton will take on the Happy Valley Warriors junior varsity next Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Brown-Childress Stadium.