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Tigers rout Preston

Elkins rushes for 597 yards in 63-21 victory

September 15, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins racked up 597 yards rushing en route to a 63-21 Homecoming win over Preston Friday night in Big 10 Conference action at Wimer Stadium.

"I was very happy with our running game tonight," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "Everyone got to touch the ball and that goes back to the system offensive coordinator Tyler Phares has put in. We had a good night running the ball."

The Tigers, who remained unbeaten at 4-0 with the win, jumped out to a 16-0 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

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Elkins High School’s Mitchell Kelly looks for running room up the middle as teammate Devan Collins (75) delivers a block Friday night in the Tigers’ 63-21 win at Wimer Stadium.

L.J. Lawrence, who led Elkins' ground attack with 214 yards, opened the scoring with a 33-yard run at the 8:47 mark.

Clayton Collett then scampered in for a 14-yard score with 1:52 left in the opening stanza for the Tigers' second score.

Elkins pushed the deficit to 24-0 early in the second quarter when Collett scored again, this time from 52 yards out.

Preston finally got on the scoreboard when Kaleb Atkinson scampered in for a 53-yard touchdown.

The Tigers answered back when Mitchell Kelly returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards to paydirt to make it 30-7.

Elkins scored again with 2:22 left in the half when Lawrence raced in for an 85-yard touchdown.

After Preston cut the deficit to 36-14 on a 14-yard run from Cory Goldstrom, Lawrence scored his third and final touchdown of the game when he broke free for a 65-yard touchdown with 1:08 left in the half.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the second half and pushed the lead to 50-14 when Nick Martin found the end zone from 80 yards out.

Elkins kept lighting the scoreboard when Ernie Howell had a 13-yard touchdown run with 6:11 remaining in the third, making it 57-14.

Silas Gibson capped off the Tigers' scoring barrage for the night when he scampered in for 65-yard touchdown with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

Preston ended the scoring in the contest when Atkinson scored his second touchdown with five seconds left in the third quarter.

Collett followed Lawrence in rushing with 170 yards. Martin added 80 yards on the ground and Silas Gibson had 71.

Atkinson finished with 96 yards on 13 carries for the Knights, who fall to 0-4.

Elkins will travel to Fairmont Senior next Friday.



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