It appears Elkins has found another weapon in its explosive single-wing offense, which showed no signs of being stopped once again on Friday night.
L.J. Lawrence, a transfer from the Pittsburgh area, rushed for 255 yards and scored four times in the Tigers' 43-36 road win at Oak Hill. The senior running back scored the eventual game-winning touchdown with 1:11 left in regulation.
With Lawrence teaming up with returning all-state first-team selection Clayton Collett and veteran Nick Martin in the backfield, Elkins has the weapons to match last year's rushing total of nearly 3,500 yards.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Tucker County quarterback Derek Nestor, left, and receiver Tyler Snyder look to the bench for the offensive call during Friday night’s 29-0 win over Pocahontas County. Nestor rushed for a pair of scores and Snyder returned a punt 75 yards for another in the victory. The Mountain Lions travel to Tygarts Valley on?Friday.
"We have a lot of depth in our backfield," Elkins coach Greg Hott said during the preseason. "We have several guys capable of making big plays."
If Friday night was an indication, Elkins could once again be in the running for a Class AAA playoff berth. The Tigers travel to Hampshire this Friday. The Trojans hammered Preston, 40-7, in their opener.
PERFECT?SWING: With Tucker County holding a comfortable lead against Pocahontas County on Friday night, head coach A.J. Rapp elected to give placekicker Mike Callaway a chance to convert a 34-yard field goal.
Earlier in the game, the sophomore barely lifted the ball off the ground on an extra-point attempt. But on the field-goal try, Callaway was perfect, setting off quite a celebration.
"I really got on him pretty good (after the PAT kick)," Rapp said after his team's 29-0 win. "But when we got into position to give him another shot, he came through.
"The other players were pretty excited for him."
Tucker County visits Tygarts Valley on Friday night.
TOUGH?LOSS: Speaking of kickers, Philip Barbour saw its fourth-quarter rally stopped by Grafton's Zach Rowand, who delivered a game-winning 23-yard field goal with just four seconds left.
The 31-28 setback overshadowed a three-touchdown effort from Colt quarterback Dillon Newman, who scored on runs of 6 and 33 yards and added a 52-yard punt return.
Philip Barbour travels to Lincoln on Friday.
ANOTHER?POWER: Buckhannon-Upshur has no time to let Friday's loss to powerhouse Bridgeport linger as another talented team awaits this week.
The Bucs, coming off a 29-14 setback to the Indians, host University on Friday. The Hawks appear to be flying high again after beating Lewis County 35-7 in their opener.
University missed the playoffs last season with a 5-5 mark.
B-U forced three Bridgeport fumbles but were unable to capitalize on them in the loss. University, meanwhile, took advantage of five miscues by the Minutemen, who entertain Preston on Friday.