Jr. Betsy Blazes Boone
The Rolling Stones had the classic hit, "Time is on our Side" but for Cyclone football fans their time might be in the near future. Extending their season record to 6-0, the Betsy junior varsity demolished Daniel Boone 47-18 Monday night at Rider Field.
"These kids have been winners since Jr. High," stated coach Ryan Witten. "We could have a good future if they keep working at it."
The defense set the tone for the first score when Austin Taylor picked off a Ryan Huff pass giving Betsy possession at their own 28-yard line. Brent Shavers rambled for 21 yards while Preston Smith found Josh Hutchins for 23 yards and again for 21 en route to their first touchdown.
Justin Harmon bulled his way in from four yards out giving Betsy a 7-0 advantage after Chase Turley's PAT with 6:54 remaining in the first period. Shavers helped the Cyclone cause on their second possession with a 23-yard scamper followed by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Harmon increasing the lead at 13-0.
Boone got it's first score when Huff found Alex Aguilar for a 36-yard touchdown. Not to be outdone, the Betsy offense kicked it up in high gear marching 73 yards on its ensuring possession in three plays.
Smith had a nifty 33-yard run while Hutchins banged his way for 12 more. Electing to air it out, Smith found Taylor on a 31-yard scoring strike increasing the margin at 20-6.
Taylor continued his stellar playing less than two minutes after his touchdown catch. The steady sophomore stepped in front of a Boone receiver for his second interception and raced 53 yards for another score. Turley's third PAT gave the Cyclones a 27-6 lead.
Special teams played a role in the fourth Cyclone score when Chris Hubbard lugged a fumble 43-yards for another touchdown increasing the halftime lead at 33-6.
The Cyclone Express opened the third much like the first as Smith and Taylor hooked up for 23 yards. Michael Price dazzled the crowd with a beautiful 14-yard touchdown pass reception.
The Blazers got their second score when Brian Crawford found the end zone from 47 yards out. Their third touchdown was the result of a 28-yard scamper by Danny Dye.
Elizabethton added their final score when Shavers raced in from the three. Turley's PAT accounted for the final margin.
The Betsy offensive line was superb with Thorne Potter, Travis Bishop, Evan Ellis, Jesse Potter, Jared Taylor, Will Johnson, Turley and John Morrow taking turns opening up crater size holes against a much larger Boone defensive front. Donyale Watson displayed some great tackling on special teams while Drew Hyder shined on both sides of the football.
Justin Harmon and A.J. Burke were the leading tacklers with 10 each while Price chipped in with nine. Andrew Kennedy had a solid effort at defensive end with some key stops. Josh Carver also had a good outing for Betsy.
Added Witten, "It's been a long time since we've had a junior varsity team go undefeated at Elizabethton. These kids are going to be special in the near future."