Greeneville’s Season Ends At Elizabethton

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ELIZABETHTON — As the stands were emptying following Friday night’s Class 4A quarterfinal playoff game at Citizens Bank Stadium, Greeneville football coach Eddie Spradlen stood on the visitor sideline with tears in his eyes.He paused for a few seconds, clinched his teeth to choke back as much emotion as he could, turned toward reporters and proclaimed, “If we ain’t the best team, we’re the next best team in the state right now.”It’s hard to argue with that, considering the Greene Devils came up just short of upsetting the defending state champion Elizabethton Cyclones 24-20.“I couldn’t have asked for anything else from these guys,” Spradlen said of his players. “If we had won this game tonight, I wouldn’t have been any more proud of them than I am right now because of how hard they fought against the defending state champions.”Leading up to the game, Spradlen had said the Greene Devils would need to make it a four-quarter game to have a shot. And for four quarters, Elizabethton’s 28-game winning streak was very much in jeopardy.To advance to next week’s semifinals, the Cyclones had to orchestrate a 10-play, 70-yard …

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