Cyclone freshmen improve to 4-1 by downing Patriots

from staff reports

   BLUFF CITY -- The Elizabethton Cyclone freshman football team is enjoying one of its best-ever seasons, and the boys from 'Betsy got the job done with style on Thursday night.
   With Ryan Kennedy racking up more than 100 yards of receiving and a pair of touchdowns, Elizabethton raced to a 34-21 victory over the Sullivan East Patriots and upped its record to 4-1 on the year (3-0 in conference).
   "It's been a long time since Elizabethton's been 4-1 in freshman football," said Cyclone head coach Ryan Witten. "We're tickled to death to get a win. We've got something rolling and we need to keep it going."
   'Betsy got things going on offense when Curtis McKeehan, catching the Patriot defense off-guard with halfback pass, connected with Kennedy for a 50-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.
   Quarterback Weston Jeffers broke the goal line on a 1-yard sneak for the second Cyclone TD, then, on another piece of razzle-dazzle, caught the two-point conversion from J.C. Atkinson. Jeffers had given the ball to Atkinson on a reverse before slipping into the end zone to make the catch.
   A McKeehan 10-yard run accounted for the next touchdown for Elizabethton, which entered the halftime break with a 20-15 advantage.
   Kennedy struck again in the third quarter, hauling in a 65-yard scoring toss from Jeffers, who ran for the conversion.
   The game was still in doubt, though, until Jesse Hampton punched in a 5-yard TD run in the fourth period.
   "Our offense played real well tonight," Witten said. "We really clicked. We didn't play too well last week, but we played really well tonight."
   Witten praised Lucas Deloach, David Lyons and Chris Wagner for their performance on the offensive line, and added that the 'Betsy defense did a commendable job.
   Next week Elizabethton travels to Daniel Boone.