Running back Cory Gillespie had 239 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns to lead Elkins past Tygarts Valley 32-28 Wednesday in middle school football action at Wimer Stadium.
Tygarts Valley (2-1) got on the scoreboard first as Ronnie Nicholas scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to make it 8-0.
Elkins (3-1) answered back to tie the game up at 8-8 later in the first quarter as Luke Petrice recovered a fumble and returned it 20 yards for the score.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Elkins Middle School’s Dalton Taylor, right, attempts to break up a pass as Tygarts Valley’s Zac McCauley tries to make the catch Wednesday in Elkins’ 32-28 win.
With the game tied at 8-8 at halftime, the Hornets answered first in the third quarter as Gillespie scored on a 10-yard run to make it 16-8.
The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 16-14 when Nicholas scored his second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run.
The Hornets extended the lead to 24-14 in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Gillespie.
The Bulldogs answered when Rece Wamsley found Jace Stanley for a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-22 with 4:06 left in the game.
Gillespie scored his third touchdown of the game on a 35-yard run, making it 32-22.
Tygarts Valley cut the lead to 32-28 with 1:16 left when Wamsley hit Caleb Riggleman for 58-yard touchdown reception.
Jarrette Zopp added 37 yards rushing on seven carries for the Hornets.
Nicholas finished with 124 yards on 20 carries to lead Tygarts Valley, while Rece Wamsley connected 5-of-13 passes for 97 yards. Caleb Riggleman had two catches for 75 yards for the Bulldogs, who held a 304-276 advantage in total yardage.
Gillespie had 14 tackles, while Zopp had six to lead the Elkins defense.
Nicholas had nine tackles to lead the Bulldog defense.
Elkins visits Tucker Valley at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.
Tygarts Valley entertains Glade at 6 p.m. on the same day.