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Maupin leads Cyclones to second straight win over 'Toppers

From staff reports • Aug 24, 2019 at 12:30 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Cade Maupin, a transfer from Dobyns-Bennett, made a one-handed, sideline-toetap interception to thwart a potential go-ahead drive and Elizabethton beat Science Hill for the second straight season, 28-20 on Friday night.

“Two years in a row (beating Science Hill),” said Cyclones coach Shawn Witten. “This is one of the biggest victories in my 13 years, no question, especially over here at this place.

“It was a tremendous effort by our coaches and our players. It was a battle out there tonight, guys cramping and hanging in there. Our guys earned it tonight. That’s a sweet victory.”

Maupin had 31 carries for 153 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Bryson Rollins had 17 carries for 95 yards and two TDs, including his game-clinching score in the fourth. Rollins also threw for 89 yards, hitting Jake Roberts for an 11-yard TD, and Parker Hughes totaled 62 receiving yards.

For Science Hill, Chris Thomas rushed for 217 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Connor Batchelder connected on 15 of 26 passes for 192 yards, hitting Cole Torbett 10 times for 95 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown, and Solomon Dunn five times for 97 yards.

Hilltoppers placekicker Kade Hensley missed his first attempt but later connected from 40 and 30 yards.


KNOXVILLE — The Falcons scored on the opening drive of the second half and again in the fourth quarter in the loss to the Warriors.

Peyton Derrick caught two touchdown passes and accounted for 174 total yards through rushing, receiving and kick returns.

Garrison Barrett threw an 18-yard touchdown to Derrick on the opening drive of the season. Eli Dorton came on in the fourth and threw a 35-yard strike to Derrick.

Quinn Brooks had a standout defensive effort with nine tackles, including a loss. Clay Snapp also had a big game with eight tackles and two for a loss.


ROGERSVILLE — Collin Trent had a big night — passing, rushing and receiving — and scored both Cherokee touchdowns.

Trent gave the Chiefs the lead on a 2-yard run. It came after he hit Austin Hamblen on a 56-yard pass play to set up the score.

Union County answered on a 5-yard scoring run by Zach Pierce but missed the extra point to trail 7-6.

Trent later scored on a 38-yard pass reception from Will Price. The game was eventually called because of lightning.


MOUNTAIN CITY — The Longhorns rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit and scored on a 61-yard pass play in the fourth quarter.

Sullivan East’s Mason Hayworth had 54 rushing yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run. Clayton Ivester earlier caught a 13-yard TD pass from Dylan White, who also rushed for a team-best 56 yards.