Cyclone JV team stuns D-B, 24-21
By Tim Chambers
If there's concern about the Cyclone football program, those concerns need to be put to bed. Elizabethton's junior varsity team pulled off a big shocker Monday night by knocking off previously unbeaten Dobyns-Bennett 24-21 in overtime at Rider Field.
Elizabethton wasted no time getting on the board with a 80-yard, 10-play drive. Preston Smith found Drew Hyder on a fourth-and-7 and Josh Hutchins for 22 more to set up the first touchdown.
Brent Shaver started left but reversed his field for a spectacular 32-yard touchdown run. Chase Turley split the uprights for a 7-0 advantage with 4:48 remaining in the first quarter.
Dobyns-Bennett tool the lead after Bo Burton found Landon Whitt for a 12-yard score, followed by a two-point conversion. 'Betsy got a key break in the second quarter when Shaver recovered a fumble after a 42-yard punt by Hutchins.
Hutchins rambled for 22 yards, setting up Shavers' 10-yard plunge for 'Betsy's second score. Turley added the PAT for a 14-7 advantage.
The Indians wasted no time tying the score before halftime as Burton spotted Whitt for a 52-yard bomb, tying the score after a failed two-point conversion.
The Cyclones came out pounding in the third quarter when A.J. Burke lowered the boom on Terrance Maxwell and Shaver tossed Burton on the turf for a loss.
The Cyclones then launched an air attack. Michael Price silenced the wig-wam by racing 49 yards with a Smith offering down to the 32-yard line. From there, Hyder snagged a 32-yard touchdown to put the Cyclones up 21-14 after Turley's PAT.
Kingsport tied the game in the fourth when Maxwell raced 16 yards for a touchdown. Thomas Odom kicked the PAT to tie the score at 21.
After failing to move the ball on its next possession, Betsy stopped an Indian drive when Austin Taylor hauled in an interception to send the game into overtime.
Dobyns-Bennett took possession on the 10 and move to the three after two plays. On third-and-3, Zach Potter knocked the Indian ball carrier out of his moccasins.
On fourth-and-two, Burke, aided by the entire 'Betsy line, laid the wood to Maxwell to keep the score tied at 21.
When the Cyclones got their chance with the ball, they moved three yards before electing to try a field goal on third down. Turley, looking much like the legend George Blanda, sent the pigskin over the cross bars as the Indian crowd stood in disbelief.
Justin Harmon had a great game at the linebacker position, as did Burke, with some monster hits on the evening. Hyder added a 34-yard punt return.
Andrew Kennedy, Landon Shields, Jordan Peters, Travis Bishop, Will Johnson, Chris Hubbard, Turley and the Potter duo of Throne and Zach brought havoc to the Tribesman the entire evening.
Smith had an awesome performance, throwing for 177 yards and a touchdown. Shavers rushed for 73 yards and two scores to lead the ground attack.
"I've never been more proud of a group of kids than those boys that took the field tonight," said EHS coach Mike Hooks. "They continue to work hard and believe in what we as coaches are trying to teach."
"We beat a quality program that has a hard time getting games because of the success of their program. You couldn't have asked for a better game."