Cyclones outlast Greeneville to reach semifinals

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ELIZABETHTON — In a game where Greeneville delivered some potential knockout blows, Elizabethton made every play it needed to make when backed into a corner.And guess who came up with the game’s two biggest plays? Yes, the Cyclones’ two Mr. Football finalists — augmented by a veteran offensive line.Bryson Rollins delivered the eventual game-winning score while Parker Hughes wrapped up the exciting 24-20 win with an interception followed by a power run for a clinching first down in the TSSAA Class 4A state quarterfinals Friday night at Citizens Bank Stadium.“I was just so proud of our guys,” said Cyclones’ head coach Shawn Witten, whose team defeated Greeneville for the fourth time in the last two seasons. “We knew it would be a tough game and we would have to lay it all on the line.“We’re glad we’re an experienced team, and it paid off for us. It wasn’t pretty, but we’re moving on. We’re really blessed, and it was a great football game.”It was the 28th straight win for the defending state champions, who improved to 13-0 this season. They will travel to face Nolensville next Friday in a rematch of …

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