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Rebels, Cyclones meet in key region contest

Douglas Fritz • Oct 19, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Sullivan South is in position to earn a home playoff game, but the task is a significant one.

The Rebels will host Elizabethton in a Region 1-4A clash Friday night at 7:30.

“A game like this is an opportunity for your leaders to come to the forefront and make plays in crucial situations,” said Rebels’ head coach Justin Hilton.

South is in second place in the league with a mark of 4-1. Elizabethton is 3-1 as both teams lost to top-ranked Greeneville.

Hilton said the Rebels (6-2) face a challenge against Elizabethton’s impressive offense.

“They are very explosive,” said Hilton. “The quarterback (Carter Everett) is extremely accurate, and (Corey) Russell is a big play waiting to happen.”

Everett has passed for 1,735 and 22 touchdowns with only two interceptions. Russell has 1,126 all-purpose yards and has also passed for 319 yards. Both players have accounted for 23 total touchdowns.

When South has the ball, quarterback Luke Pollack is at the forefront of the attack with 1,867 total yards and 22 total touchdowns. Julian Reed has rushed for 656 yards and nine scores.

“South has a multiple offense,” said Elizabethton head coach Shawn Witten, whose team is 7-1. “They give you a lot of different looks.”

Hilton said he’s impressed with the Cyclones’ defense.

“They did a really good job against Greeneville,” he said. “I think their defensive line is a strength once again.”

Coming off the Greeneville game, Witten said he doesn’t expect a letdown.

“We will be ready,” he said. “We know what this game means as far as the playoffs go. We took some big steps Friday as a team that should help us moving forward.”

Union County at Sullivan Central

Coming into the season, the Cougars might have targeted this game as a potential win, but Union has put together a .500 season and enters as the favorite.

The Cougars stayed in the game last year in a 35-20 loss on the road.

Sullivan East at Sullivan North

North has struggled to overcome the injury bug while East is coming off its third shutout loss of the season.

Early momentum might be the key in this Sullivan County battle.

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