Elizabethton slips by HV in grasscutters

  It was a Saturday battle between two teams looking to finish the season strong in youth league football.
  In the grasscutter's division, the Elizabethton Boys Club team held off Happy Valley in a 26-19 final while trying to reach the .500 mark for the season.
  The Cyclones were able to avoid a late rally from the Warriors in order to extend their record to 4-5 with one game left.
  "They've really stepped up their game the last two weeks, and they're really coming together as a team right now," said Elizabethton coach Mark Ward. "That makes us 4-5, and now we're going to try and end next week at 5-5."
  A fast start from Elizabethton gave the team an advantage of 14-0 at the end of the first period.
  Christopher Range had both Cyclone touchdowns, while Brent Davis passed for a two-point conversion, going 2-of-4 through the air on the evening.
  Elizabethton was tough on defense by only giving up one score, which came off a run by Happy Valley's Hunter Lane.
  The Cyclones led at halftime 20-6 after Range had a total of three TDs, but the Warriors were not about to give up.
  "Our defense played great, and I think we were ahead 20-6, but then in the second half they came out strong," said Ward.
  Knowing it was capable of making it a closer game than what the scoreboard was indicating, Happy Valley came out with more intensity in the second-half.
  "We had a good talking at halftime and got them fired up, so then they came back and played hard there in the second half," said Marlowe. "I'm very proud. They got down in the first half and were hanging their heads in the huddle, and then I told them to pick their heads up and they were a better team than what they showed.
  "They didn't need to go out trick or treating as losers, but as winners. So in the second half, they came out and played like winners."
  The Warriors were led by Tyler Marlowe, who rushed for two touchdowns during the third quarter to bring Happy Valley back to within one score at the end of the period.
  Christian Loving provided another score for the Cyclones, as the guys up front did a good job for the backfield to find the holes and running room.
  The Warriors definitely did a better job on defense the last two quarters, as an interception helped sway the momentum during the third.
  "Corey Matherly stepped up for us with tackles, and so did Matthew Bales," Marlow said. "Tyler Marlowe and Hunter Lane did real well running the ball for us, and Darion Simerly came with a good interception to turn it over in our favor."
  In the last and final period, neither team made it into the end zone as Elizabethton finally started making the stops against the Warrior offense.
  "We made adjustments to run more plays up the middle, and then they made the adjustment there and started shutting us down," said Marlowe. "They had good outside corners so we couldn't get much out there."
  Trailing 26-19 the Warriors were trying to rally, but their hopes were denied after an interception by Josh Potter ended the contest.
  "Christian Loving had a real good defensive stand, and front-line with Michael Ward, Deron Wells, and Josh Potter, who had the interception at the endm all played a subperb game today," said Ward. "All in all, it was a great effort by the whole team. They hung in there and fought tough all the way through."
  Elizabethton also won the flag division with a 27-7conquest of Happy Valley.
  Jerimiah Turner and Hunter Tyree were a couple of the main leaders for the Cyclones.
  It was Happy Valley's Jr. Pee-Wee Division capturing a 12-0 win over Elizabethton.
  A solid defensive effort by the Warriors shut out the Cyclones all four quarters.