Cyclones subdue Boone for 28-6 freshman victory

from staff reports

   Jake Berkley had a hand in three touchdowns and a two-point conversion Thursday night, sending the Elizabethton Cyclones to a 28-6 victory over Daniel Boone in a freshman football game.
   The Cyclones (2-3) also overcame an injury to center Trevor Hyder, leading EHS coach Ryan Witten to commend the play of Tony Sullivan, Justin Chizmar, Matt Fox, David Oaks and Dustin Grindstaff.
   "We faced a lot of eight and nine-man defensive fronts, and we were able to hold off their blitz," Witten said. "We had to throw it a little bit."
   Witten also praised the efforts and preparation put in by assistant coaches Rick Wagner, Jerry Jenkins and Jeff Livingston.
   "They did a good job getting the guys ready to play," Witten explained.
   Elizabethton got on the board first when Jessee White erupted for a 60-yard touchdown run, then Berkley passed to Mitchell Blevins on the conversion attempt for an 8-0 Cyclone edge.
   It was 20-0 at halftime after Berkley scored on a 1-yard run and passed to Derek Nave for a 5-yard TD, while Nathan Bishop crossed the goal line for a 2-point conversion.
   The Trailblazers recorded their only touchdown in the third quarter, but Elizabethton put the game away when Berkley tallied a 10-yard TD run.
   Defensively for Elizabethton, Levi Hooten and Berkley both grabbed interceptions, and Nave had a fumble recovery.
   "The kids did a great job and played real hard," Witten said.
   Elizabethton's next game will be at Johnson County next Thursday, with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m.