Cyclones blow away Pats

By Allen LaMountain

   BLUFF CITY -- Using an onslaught that rivaled the German blitzkrieg of Poland in 1940, the Elizabethton Cyclones racked up 28 first-quarter points, and took all their pent up frustration out on the hapless Sullivan East Patriots in a 64-21 thrashing on Friday night.
   Scoring seemingly at will, the Cyclones rung up 44 points on the Pats in the first half alone, as Neal Wandell scored two of his four touchdowns in the opening half.
   Wandell scored on 65 and 28 yard passes from Cyclone quarterback Ryan Curtis. He also scored on a 22 yard run and a 39 yard punt return.
   "Coach Jenkins said he wanted me in there at receiver because we knew would could hit something big there," said Wandell. "It just feels so good to get a win, and we just want to keep that snowball rolling downhill and get as good a spot as we can in the conference."
   The Cyclones scored on just their second play from scrimmage as Curtis found Wandell for a short pass that Wandell simply took to the house.
   Vince Redd stepped in front of a Justin Trivette pass and returned it 35 yards for a score, and before the fans were fully settled into their seats Elizabethton had a 14-0 lead.
   Wandell was on the receiving end of another Curtis touchdown aerial -- this one good for 28 yards -- as the Cyclones capped a two-play drive for a 21-0 lead.
   Forcing the Pats to punt, speedster Lester Bailey gathered in the ball at the Patriot 49 yard line and raced untouched down the home sideline to give the Cyclones a 28-0 lead.
   After blocking a Pats punt, the Cyclones found themselves in golden scoring position again at the East 30 yard line, and it took just five plays to punch in another score.
   Wandell once again stepped to the forefront, with a 22-yard scamper that saw him run nearly untouched to paydirt.
   "Just for our program this was so much needed," said Wandell. "Starting 1-4, like we did, that isn't Cyclone football. Then to come out and play like we did tonight shows what we can do."
   With East still unable to generate any offense, senior fullback Jon Jativa capped a six-play 74-yard drive with a 46 yard burst off left tackle to give Betsy a 41-0 lead.
   "It was a whole team effort," said Curtis. "The offensive line blocked great, special teams, defense, everyone was on their best game. We have a lot of talent here, and if we play like we practice were going to be hard to beat."
   The Cyclones had it all working as kicker Jason Orellana booted a 35-yard field goal after an Adam Turley interception set the Cyclones up at the Pats 17 yard line.
   To it's credit though East didn't fold up it's tents, instead they went on a nine-play 75 yard drive for a score with three seconds left in the half, with Trivette taking it in from a yard out.
   Trivette ended a day the Pats would like to forget with solid numbers, rushing for 77 yards on 17 carries against a Cyclone defense geared up to stop him.
   "He's an athlete, and he's a tough kid," said East head coach Jon White. "Elizabethton has a good team, and coach Jenkins is a great coach. Give them credit, they are not a 1-4 football team."
   The second half was a junior varsity match with young quarterback Matt Eads taking the controls and putting up solid numbers for himself. Eads rushed for 42 yards on four carries, including a 14 yard touchdown run.
   Freshman fullback Wayne Smith also accounted well for himself with 47 yards rushing.
   For EHS, Ben Fields played well rushing for 53 yards on six carries, including a 41 yard touchdown scamper that put the exclamation point on a huge night for the Cyclones.
   When asked if he was more relieved or elated EHS head coach Tommy Jenkins commented, "Actually I'm a little of both. I think that was a tremendously good ballgame for us. In every aspect of the game we played well. We were at a point where we needed to show that we could play and we did that."