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UCHS falls to Cyclones on EHS homecoming

Sometimes you just can't stop momentum.
In the Blue Devils case, Elizabethton's momentum was just too much.
Unicoi County (2-5) (1-2) fell to Elizabethton (5-3) (2-1) on Friday by the score of 52-0 during the Cyclones homecoming night at Brown-Childress Stadium.
Elizabethton was riding momentum off a 14-7 win last week against Watauga (NC) in high speed winds, with Unicoi being on their bye during the first week of October.
“We had everything going right for us during the night,” Cyclones coach Shawn Witten said after the game. “It was good to see the team execute the way they did out there. I'm not going to take anything away from Unicoi. (Huskins) has done a great job and they've improved tons during my five years here at Elizabethton.”
Elizabethton defense was able to corral Unicoi's potent offense by stopping the run game of Hunter Abbott and keeping quarterback Austin Hensley under 60 yards passing during the game.
The Devils were unable to reach the red zone by halftime.
Cyclones would score first on a 58 yard pass from McKenly Berry to Wes Montogmery to give the Cyclones an early 7-0 between the 11 min – 10 min marker of the first quarter.
It was all Cyclones from then on out.
Hensley would exceute a impressive two minute drill going into halftime, finding the Devils leading receiver, Hunter Goddard four times during the drive to get the ball out of Cyclone territory, with Hensley scurrying out from 40 yards to get the ball to Elizabethton's 30 with time expiring going into halftime.
Hensley finished with 50 yards passing during the night.
Matt Lingerfelt, Phillip Franklin and Cody Harris showed bright spots from the linebacking core of UCHS, by swarming to the ball carriers from EHS on each possession.
“We need to work hard and keep our focus,” Harris said after the game. “We just have to come out next Friday with the right mindset and heart to play.”
The night would finish after halftime with the JV getting valuable experience during the second half, with plays on defense from Tommy Fraizer and Thomas Tipton that aided in stopping the Cyclones throughout the latter part of the game.
Unicoi will be regrouping after Friday's loss during the week and will enter their fourth conference game by traveling to Sullivan East on Oct. 14 in Bluff City.
The Patriots are coming off a 60-35 loss to Hampton at J.C. Campbell Stadium last Friday.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
JV Recap
The JV Devils played the role of heart-breaker on Monday, Oct. 3, when UCHS traveled to Roan Mountain to take on the Cloudland JV football squad.
With time running down for the Devils in the fourth quarter, Ty Adkins rambled from 60 yards out to give Unicoi the go ahead to come away with a 28-22 road win and continued their winning streak by going to 4-0 overall.
Thomas Tipton finished the night with 120 yards receiving and Luke Fronkoski handled the rushing duties for the Devils during the night.
UCHS JV's next game was TBA at The Erwin Record's press deadline.