Patriots to test Cyclone defense



  Three years ago, a sophomore newcomer shined brightly in his debut game against the Cloudland Highlanders in Bluff City.
  He has surely taken some lumps behind center for the Sullivan East Patriots since then, but Matt Eads has earned his accolades and respect during his senior campaign.
  For the first time in the school's history, East is undefeated with a 5-0 record.
  Give credit to a solid coaching staff, led by Ralph Nelson, but also give credit to Eads.
  Last week, against David Crockett, Eads was 12-of-19 behind center for 255 yards and three touchdowns, with 119 yards and two scores on the ground.
  His performance in the 41-14 win earned him Class 4-A State Player of the Week honors by the Associated Press.
  The senior has given his team lots of momentum coming into Friday's game at Elizabethton, which is really a must-win situation for the Cyclones.
  'Betsy bounced back from a tough loss at Sullivan South with a big win against Greeneville last Friday.
  Derek Nave and company have been playing tough defense, and will need to step it up with an even bigger effort this week.
  The Pats will obviously spread it out, therefore the Cyclones hope to force some crucial turnovers and turn them into points.
  With a win, Elizabethton can begin to run the table en route to a playoff berth, whereas a loss could almost eliminate the squad from the chase.
  After losing to the squad last season, I think the Cyclones will be tough to beat, considering it is homecoming. CYCLONES 24-21, OT
  Games Of The Week
  Cosby at Unaka -- The home unit could have their starters on the bench by the beginning of the third quarter. RANGERS 38-12
  Jellico at Cloudland -- The 'Landers are hoping for a strong defensive performance. This win is essential if the squad hopes to challenge for a home playoff berth. 'LANDERS 20-16
  Happy Valley at Cumberland Gap -- A lot of confidence has been lost on Warrior Hill, but I expect that it will return this Friday.
  Happy Valley has played three tough opponents in a row, and the Gap will be no pushover. WARRIORS 24-12
  Johnson County at Daniel Boone -- The Longhorns will meet their first big opponent on the conference schedule in the Trailblazers.
  Boone has a solid quarterback and will probably spread it out this week. If the visiting unit can continue its solid play, they will come out with a close win. 'HORNS 22-18
  Hampton at Gatlinburg-Pittman -- Defending Watauga Conference champion Gatlinburg-Pittman is at home against a Hampton team coming off a somewhat disappointing loss. Physically tougher and more hard-nosed than the Bulldogs, the Highlanders will prevail. HIGHLANDERS 40-7.
  Other Picks
  North Greene 12, West Greene 8
  Tennessee High 46, Unicoi County 15
  Sullivan South 24, Sullivan Central 10
  Pigeon Forge 30, Sullivan North 13
  Alcoa 28, Rockwood 7
  Morristown West 16, Morristown East 6
  Cherokee 35, David Crockett 17
  Greeneville 24, Volunteer 0
  South Greene 33, Chuckey-Doak 9
  OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  Week Five: Charles Lee Guinn, Unaka -- Guinn had 117 yards on four carries with a pair of trips to paydirt in the Rangers' victory over Grace Christian.
  Week Four: B.J. Johnson, Cloudland -- Johnson tallied 174 rushing yards, including a 17-yard touchdown to lift the 'Landers over North Greene.
  DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  Week Five: Derek Nave, Elizabethton -- 16 tackles in the Cyclones' victory over Greeneville.
  Week Four: Lucas Roark, Hampton -- The Bulldog defensive end returned a fumble 92 yards for a score and had six tackles in the squad's win against West Greene.