Boone falls to Elizabethton
By Chris Shields
They also found it nearly impossible to stop running back Ethan Thomas as he led the Cyclones to a 35-0 season opening win over Boone on Aug. 23.
Boone can credit much of its success over the past several seasons to the team’s ability to run effectively as well as stop the run.
But after losing 26 seniors from last year’s team, it seems inexperience has finally caught up to the Blazers, who were on the road last week to kick off the season.
After a scoreless first quarter, Boone’s attempt to steal the momentum and silence the crowd on a fake punt backfired, giving Elizabethton the ball in Blazer territory.
The Cyclones took advantage a couple plays later when quarterback Caleb Armstrong broke off a long touchdown run for the first points of the contest.
With less than a minute left before the half, Thomas, an Elizabethton junior, finally took over, breaking away from 42 yards out and scoring as the second quarter expired.
Up 14-0 in the third, Thomas once again broke away from the Boone defense for the Cyclones’ third touchdown of the contest, this time going the distance from 41 yards out.
A Boone fumble on the next possession gave the Cyclones the ball back inside Boone territory.
Elizabethton pushed its advantage to 28 points a few plays later, finding the end zone yet again, this time on a run from two yards out.
With the Cyclones ahead 28-0, the contest entered the fourth quarter and Elizabethton added their final score just minutes into the quarter.
The final touchdown came on another long run, this time from 32 yards out.
While missed tackles for Boone allowed for long game changing runs, the defense wasn’t the only Boone unit that struggled.
The Blazer offense was impeded by a struggling offensive line that gave up an excessive amount of sacks and tackles for loss.
Boone finished with just over 100 yards of total offense, rushing for 95 yards and passing for just 12.
The Blazer defense was gashed by the Elizabethton run attack for more than 400 yards.
Boone’s Grant Seeger and Josh Bacon led the Blazer offense with 38 yards and 36 yards respectively.
Elizabethton’s Thomas finished with 224 yards and averaged 14 yards per carry.
Boone remains on the road this week with another difficult contest, this one against Cherokee on Aug 30.