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Cyclones eye perfection against Cougars

Douglas Fritz • Nov 1, 2019 at 4:30 PM

With one eye on history, Elizabethton still has some work to do.

The Cyclones, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A, will try to finish the second perfect regular season in school history when they travel to take on Sullivan Central on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 in Blountville.

Elizabethton’s only perfect regular season came in 1951.

“It would obviously be a great accomplishment, but there’s no time to really reflect on it with the playoffs ahead,” Elizabethton coach Shawn Witten said.

The Cyclones (5-0, 9-0) are coming off a one-point win over Sullivan South, which raised some eyebrows because of their heavy favorite role going into the game.

“I believe our guys know we have to get a lot better in a hurry,” said Witten. “Right now, our defense is leading the way. Look out if we get rolling on both sides of the ball.”

It comes down to three things for the Cyclones’ offense, Witten said, “Offensive execution, finish drives and convert third downs.”

Central (2-7 overall) enters the game with a league mark of 2-4. It has been a competitive year for the Cougars, probably their best overall since 2014.

Sullivan Central is led by the passing duo of quarterback Will Nottingham and receiver Bryson Crabtree.

Greeneville (7-2, 4-1) at Sullivan East (1-8, 0-5)

Finally breaking through with a win last week, the Patriots will at least carry some momentum into a game that doesn’t look friendly on paper.

East hasn’t held the Greene Devils under 60 points in each of the last three meetings: 61-3, 62-7 and 63-21. It doesn’t help matters that Greeneville will be trying to build momentum for the playoffs, which feature a potentially more difficult path than the Greene Devils have seen in recent years.

In its seven wins, Greeneville has averaged 48 points per game. In two losses, the Greene Devils have averaged only 19 points per contest. Sullivan East has allowed 31 points per game this season.

Sullivan South (5-4) at Tennessee High (8-1)

It has been a tough stretch for the Class 4A Rebels, and this one isn’t much easier.

South faces a ranked team for the third time in four weeks as the Class 5A Vikings are carrying an eight-game winning streak and looking like a threat to make some serious postseason noise.

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