Cyclones vs. Devils game of the week

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR STAFF
wholtsclaw@starhq.com
Last season, when the Elizabethton Cyclones faced the Greeneville Green Devils, there was a lot of talent on the field.
Several players combined from both teams signed to play college football after their senior campaigns.
Mr. Football nominee and current Tusculum Pioneer Cody Baugh has been a success since his rifling night against Elizabethton last season.
Vince Redd has been blazing for the Virginia Cavaliers, as a second-team linebacker and successful special teamer, while Greene Devil Joe Watson has made a place for himself on the eighth-ranked Furman Paladin squad.
Although the talent level might not top what was on the field last season, Greeneville at Elizabethton will be the game of the week in Northeast Tennessee, and could offer a glimpse of a potential future postseason battle.
Chase Greenway will command the Devils with a solid rushing attack from behind center and a strong arm to direct the ball downfield.
Speed-wise he will have to contend with Lester Bailey, as the Cyclone is a threat running the ball and in the defensive backfield.
Elizabethton leads the series 7-6 since 1993, having lost the last four to Greeneville.
--THE BEST--
Offensive Player: Dakota Benfield and Mark Byrd, Cloudland - Behind a solid day of work from their linemen, Benfield and Byrd combined for 297 total rushing yards on seven carries apiece. Byrd ran for four scores while throwing Benfield another, and finished with 130 yards passing. Benfield added two scores on the ground with three run conversions.
Defensive Player: Daniel Cranford, Johnson County - the Longhorn picked up 14 tackles and two sacks in their big 19-13 win over Unicoi County.
Trench Performance: Elizabethton front line - Cyclones pounded out for 268 yards rushing in their 26-17 victory over Sullivan South.
Quote: Unaka head coach Mike Ensor after Unaka's controversial loss to Twin Springs - "These kids played their guts out. We thought they had blown the whistle on the last play of the game and stopped playing, but it was the issue in the stoppage of the clock that seemed to cost us tonight."
--PICKS OF THE WEEK--
(Overall Record 84-22, Last Week 17-3)
Greeneville at Elizabethton - The Cyclones face a big threat in Greenway when they host the Greene Devils. Elizabethton could prove a lot in this game, but Greeneville is the favorite after its recent success. GREENEVILLE 28-18
Cherokee at Cloudland
- This will be Cloudland's toughest test until they play Unaka, and the Chiefs will be steamed after a big whipping at the hands of Greeneville. Cloudland wants to avenge the previous home loss to Cherokee and should do it. CLOUDLAND 35-21
Hampton at Unicoi County - The Blue Devils received their first conference loss of the season last week and host a fired-up Bulldog squad. Hampton has had a lot of players step up, and has a trend of improving later in the season. HAMPTON 18-14
Johnson County at Happy Valley
- The Longhorns have a chance in this game, but the Warriors are for real once they have an entire lineup. HAPPY VALLEY 24-21, OT
Unaka at Grace Christian
- Unaka will be a lean, mean fighting machine, like George Foreman, when they take on the Knoxville-area squad Tuesday night. In the blowout of the week, Charles Guinn will run for more than 100 yet again. UNAKA 40-6
Statewide Picks
Science Hill 16, Daniel Boone 0
Knox Catholic 70, Chuckey-Doak 0
Jefferson County 48, Cocke County 30
South Greene 20, North Greene 18
Coalfield 33, Jellico 0
Sullivan East 28, David Crockett 14
Seymour 12, Gatlinburg-Pittman 8
Virginia High 21, Tennessee High 20
Cosby 18, Mt. Juliet Christian 16
Goodpasture 26, BGA 14
DCA 18, Davidson Academy 10
White Co. 28, Cumberland Co. 26
CBHS 29, ECA 20
Germantown 35, Cordova 6
--BY THE NUMBERS--
3 - Charles Guinn touchdowns for the Rangers this past week
3 - Johnson County wins this season
3 - Lester Bailey touchdowns on Friday night for Elizabethton
3 - Brandon Barnett tackles for Hampton
3 - Jon Pritchard sacks for Cloudland