Cyclones showed championship mettle against Greeneville

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If someone said prior to Friday’s football game that Greeneville would gain over 100 yards more than Elizabethton, score three touchdowns of over 50 yards, and limit Parker Hughes and Bryson Rollins to a combined total of 201 yards, it might have been hard to imagine the Cyclones winning.Greeneville also took two second-half leads, and Elizabethton had a game-changing second- half turnover when it appeared to be driving for a controlling score.But even though all of those things look like they would have added up to a Greeneville victory, the Cyclones advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals because of their championship mettle.It was Elizabethton’s response to Greeneville’s three huge plays that kept the Cyclones’ in the hunt for a second straight state title with a 24-20 victory.“When the season is over, that ought to be a defining moment,” Cyclones’ head coach Shawn Witten said.The spirited and resilient response to difficult situations is something the Cyclones began building in 2019. It started in baby steps with a tough 28-20 win over Science Hill, but began its formative years with the fourth-quarter double-pick-six win over William Blount later that season.Then it reached maturity when Jaxton Holly’ …

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