HAMPSHIRE Call Clayton Collett Elkins' Mr. Everything.
Collett is one of the Tigers' top running backs, he plays defense and he's the team's kicker, when they actually attempt extra points.
Against Hampshire on Friday, Collett earned that title once again as he scored five touchdowns in leading Elkins to a 57-42 win over Hampshire.
"Clayton was first-team all-state last year. He's a talented kid," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "Last week against Oak Hill, they were keying on him, and that allowed our other guys to get some opportunities. Tonight, it looked like Hampshire was keying on (James) Lawrence, and they left the weak side open, and Clayton took advantage."
Collett, who rushed seven times for 123, paced an Elkins rushing attack that piled up 401 yards on the ground and scored all but two of its eight touchdown running.
"That's the best part about this team is that we have five or six guys who can score," Collett said.
"They have a talented group of runners, and their single-wing offense is hard to defend," Hampshire coach Darren Grace. "We still have to do a better job on defense."
Hott was impressed with his team's performance on offense.
"We may be the only team to run the single-wing, and it's difficult for teams to defend the misdirection," he said.
The Trojans' defense had a mountain of trouble stopping Collett and the rest of Elkins' runners. Collett himself had four touchdown runs, including a 60-yard scoring run on the Tigers' first possession of the game.
However, it was a play on special teams by Collett that really changed the momentum of the game.
With Elkins up just two points after a 2-yard touchdown down by Nicholas Martin, Collett recovered a fumble by Hampshire's Dane Heavener on the ensuing kickoff, which he kicked.
Collett returned the by 40 yards for the score and put Elkins up 24-14.
That was one of three Trojan turnovers, all of which turned into points for Elkins.
"We were getting the ball back a few points down, and that was definitely a big turning point," Grace said. "We seemed to never be able to catch up. We were also a couple touchdowns down."
That turnover was costly for the end of the end of the game, as well, as Hamsphire got to within nine points late in the game after Dalton Clower muscled his way into the end zone to bring the Trojans within 51-42 with 3:21 left in the game.
Hampshire would have down only 54-52 if not for that play. Still, the Trojans did try to cut the lead to two after getting the ball back after a Tigers fumble on their way to score.
However, an interception return of 34 yards by Martin put the game back into single digits.
"Our offense was pretty effective tonight, except for a few plays, like the interception there at the end," Grace said."I'm just disappointed with our defense. Even when you take away the fumble recovery for a touchdown and interception return for a touchdown, we still gave up 40-some points. We gotta work on it."
Joining Collett in the scoring parade for Elkins was Martin with a pair of touchdowns.
Elkins will entertain Buckhannon-Upshur Friday.
H-Hartwell 2 run (kick good) 9:23 7-0
E-Collett 60 run (Parrack run), 8:40 8-7
H-Landis 1 run (kick good), 5:05 14-8
E-Martin 2 run (Parrack run),11:56 16-14
E-Collett fumble recovery TD (Lawrence run), 11:39 24-14
E-Collett 8 run (failed conversion), 9:07 30-14
H-Landis 2 run (failed conversion), 2:59 30-20
E-Collette 10 run (kick good) 37-20
H-Heavener 28 pass from Landis (Moreland catch), 8.9 37-28
E-Collett 20 run (kick failed), 3:44 43-28
H-Clower 9 run (failed conversion) 26.2 43-34
E-Martin 2 run (Lawrence run), 11:09
H-Clower 1 run (Powers run), 3:21, 51-42
E-Kelly, interception return (failed kick), 14.7 57-42
Rushes-yards 41-401 49-206
Passing yards 14 176
Comp-Att-Int 1-3-0 9-18-2
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 2-30 1-10
Punts-avg. 1-41 1-42
Passing-Elkins, Kelly 1-3-14-1; Landis 8-17-176-1-2
RUSHING- Elkins, Lawrence 14-114, Collett 7-123; Martin 13-81; Kelly 6-72; Howell 1-11; Hampshire Clower 15-79; Hartwell 15-26; Landis 10-40; Powers 4-14; Bean 2-6
RECEIVING-Elkins-Cain 1-14; Hampshire, Largent 3-64; Moreland 3-46; Hartwell 1-15; Heavener 2-57