BRISTOL — Tennessee High couldn’t stop Ethan Thomas. It had no prayer against Elizabethton.
In the programs’ first meeting since 2008, the Cyclones renewed their rivalry via a healthy dose of defense and trench work keyed by a school record 312-yard rushing performance and four touchdowns from its star running back in Friday’s 35-13 whipping of the seventh-ranked 5-A Vikings at the Stone Castle — Betsy’s first win over the former conference foe since 2003.
“Our kids prepared for two weeks and we came out like we were prepared,” said Elizabethton coach Shawn Witten. “We came out executed and did what we were supposed to do. We got some turnovers — it was an unbelievable effort by our kids.
“We were focused. We challenged our kids and knew (Tennessee High) was a good football team. We said it before the game, ‘There’s games that make you a good football team and there’s games that make you a great football team.’ We’ve got a great football team.”