Cyclone freshmen thwart Unicoi

By Tim Chambers
star staff

  The price was right for the freshman Cyclones against Unicoi County Monday night at Rider Field. Brooks Price rushed nine times for 208 yards and two touchdowns, leading 'Betsy to a 31-8 win over the pesky Blue Devils.
  "My line did a great job of blocking tonight and everyone on the team, players and coaches did a good job," said Price. "It feels good to get a win."
  Elizabethton got on the board in the second period thanks to a 72-yard drive that led to a safety. Price had two big runs of 43 and 24 yards but the drive stalled at the three.
  It was two plays later that Jesse Potter broke through the line and and forced a fumble out of the end zone for a 2-0 Cyclone lead.
  'Betsy got its first touchdown when Price got a good block from T.J. Avery and raced 54 yards to paydirt. Bo Carter's kicked was perfect for a 9-0 advantage at the half.
  The Cyclones regained possession early in the third, and the black attack continued to dominate. Jordan Coleman bulled his way through three defenders for 46 yards, giving 'Betsy possession at the 24.
  Wes Anderson delivered a strike to Mark Bailey for a 24-yard touchdown at the 9:53 mark. Carter's PAT extended the lead 16-0.
  "I was just trying to do whatever I could to help my team," Bailey said. "I gave it everything I had and so did my teammates."
  Unicoi found the end zone when Drew Wright hit Anthony Harris for a touchdown. Andrew Lingerfelt tacked on the two-point conversion to cut the lead at 16-8.
  Elizabethton refused to fold and continued its offensive domination one more time. After two nice runs by Wendell Loving, Price took the pigskin 57 yards to the promise land for another score. Price tacked on the two-point conversion for a 24-8 cushion.
  Meanwhile, the defense of coach Rick Wagner was causing numerous problems for Unicoi. Nathan Morefield had a fumble recovery, Carter had two big hits that resulted in Blue Devil fumbles and C.J. Campbell, Evan Ellis, Chris Brumitt, Ryan Birchfield and Nick Papantoniou were teeing off the on the Devil ball carriers.
  Bailey provided the knockout punch with two interceptions, returning one 43 yards which led to the final score. Coleman crashed in from three yards out for the final score with Carter adding the PAT.
  Anderson had a productive night at quarterback with some key completions while the Cyclone backfield combined for 339 yards rushing as a team.
  "This was a total team effort tonight," stated Cyclone head coach Jerry Jenkins. "Coach Wagner changed the defense this week and the kids responded to the challenge."
  "I just want to tip my hat to all the players tonight for the good job they did. Everyone made a contribution to this win."