Philip Barbour came into Wimer Stadium upset-minded Thursday night. And after a strong start, it appeared that the Colts were up to the challenge.
But the Tigers, who were looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, scored 27 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to post a 35-25 Big 10 Conference victory.
Elkins, which finished with 527 yards of total offense, found itself in a 7-0 hole early on when Philip Barbour's Dylan Johnson scored on a 20-yard run with 48 seconds left in the opening quarter. The score was set up when Tyler Titchnell picked up a fumble and scampered to the Tigers' 38-yard line.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley
Elkins High School’s Mitchell Kelly, right, looks for some running room as Philip Barbour’s Ernest Kennedy moves in for a tackle Thursday night in the Tigers’ 35-25 win at Wimer Stadium.
Elkins answered on the ensuing possession when Nick Martin capped off an 73-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge at the 11:41 mark of the second. L.J. Lawrence ran in the two-point conversion to give the hosts an 8-7 advantage.
Philip Barbour fired back and took a 13-8 lead when Johnson scored his second touchdown of the game.
This time Johnson raced in from 37 yards out with 8:09 left in the half.
The Tigers pounced back and not only took the lead, but got some breathing room with a pair of touchdown before intermission.
Martin completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Collett with 5:45 left in the quarter to make it 14-13.
L.J. Lawrence then sprinted in for a 27-yard touchdown with 2:35 remaining in the second stanza, giving Elkins a 21-13 lead at intermission.
"I thought we played well in the first half," Philip Barbour coach Curtis Bodkins said. "Our defense was huge and I thought we did a good job of slowing down Elkins' offense."
The Tigers pushed the deficit to 28-13 when Lawrence scored again on a 35-yard run with 9:52 left in the third quarter.
Mitchell Kelly then scored Elkins' fourth unanswered touchdown from 1-yard out with 1:28 left in the third, giving the Tigers a comfortable 35-13 edge.
Philip Barbour didn't fold, though, and cut the deficit to 35-19 when Tyler Schiefelbein connected with Al Johnson for a 9-yard touchdown on a fake field goal with 9:25 left in the game.
The Colts put one more score on the board when Brody Carpenter found Al Johnson for a 54-yard touchdown reception with 12.2 seconds left in the game.
"I was happy that we battle back and cut the deficit to 10 late in the game," Bodkins said. "Our kids never gave up and battled all the way until the end."
Lawrence finished the game with 204 yards rushing for the Tigers. Collett followed with 127 yards on the ground, while Martin had 84 yards rushing and 69 yards passing.
"I thought we didn't play very well," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "I didn't recognize the orange and black team that was out on the field tonight. We're going to fix our problems and be ready for next week's game, though."
Dylan Johnson lead Philip Barbour with 92 yards rushing. Harley Davis followed with 51 yards for the Colts. Carpenter completed 7-of-12 passes for 138 yards.
"I under estimated our team, before the game I didn't think we had a chance," Bodkins said. "I'm very happy with our teams' performance. They really stepped up and played well, especially with the amount of kids we had out with injuries."
Philip Barbour was playing with out starting quarterback Dillon Newman, receiver Jordan Simmons and linebacker Morgan Stalnaker.
The Colts will visit Buckhannon-Upshur next Friday for another conference contest.
Elkins will play host to Wheeling Park the same night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.