Elkins' high-octane offense kept rolling on Friday night as the Tigers used a big first half to defeat rival Buckhannon-Upshur 40-27 in Big 10 Conference action at Wimer Stadium.
Elkins, which remained unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 mark, racked up 388 yards total offense in the contest, most of which came in the first half of play.
"We came out an executed our offense," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "We did a good job in the first half of putting some points up early, but I have to give Buckhannon-Upshur credit, they really slowed us down in the second half."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley
Elkins High School’s L.J. Lawrence looks to pick up some yards as Buckhannon-Upshur’s Benjamine Leigh closes in for the stop Friday night in the Tigers’ 40-27 win at Wimer Stadium. Lawrence finished with 214 yards rushing and two scored for EHS.
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the 8:05 mark of the first quarter when L.J. Lawrence, who finished with 214 yards rushing, scored on a 12-yard run.
Elkins extended the lead to 12-0 three minutes later when Lawrence hit the corner and raced in for an 84-yard touchdown.
"We had a hard time stopping Lawrence in the first half," Buckhannon-Upshur coach Bill Struble said. "He is a very good player and he had his way with us in the first half. We did a much better job on him in the second half, though."
The Buccaneers (0-3) cut the lead to 12-6 when Seth Cutright returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to paydirt.
Elkins answered with 1:17 left in the opening stanza when Nick Martin broke free for a 62-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed and the Tigers held to an 18-6 lead.
With 9:44 left in the half, Buckhannon-Upshur cut the deficit to 18-14 when Patrick Crimm hit Austin Snyder for a 13-yard touchdown reception.
Clayton Collett pushed Elkins' lead to 24-14 when he ran in for a 50-yard touchdown with 9:05 left in the quarter.
The Tigers extended the lead to 32-14 with 3:57 remaining in the half when Martin returned an interception 89 yards to the end zone.
The Buccaneers ended the scoring in the half when Philip Petrulak plunged in for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 32-20 with :53 left in the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Buckhannon-Upshur scored first in the second half when Dillon Gaudet threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Anderson at the 6:30 mark. The two-point conversion made it 32-27.
The Bucs got the ball back after an Elkins punt and was driving for the go ahead score when Collett picked off a pass and scampered in for a 40-yard score to ice the win with 3:14 remaining.
"We knew coming in that Buckhannon-Upshur had played two very good opponents and was a good football team," Hott said. "They never gave up and fought us all the way until the end of the game."
Martin finished with 97 yards rushing for the Tigers. Collett had 74 yards on the ground.
Cutright led Buckhannon-Upshur with 72 yards rushing.
"We made some halftime adjustments and I though we played a lot better in the second half," Struble said. "If we would have played as well in the first half as we did the second, we could have won the game."
The Buccaneers will entertain North Marion next Friday. Elkins will play host to Preston the same night.