After being held to season lows in points and total yards in a 37-14 loss to Bridgeport on Friday, Class AAA, No. 3 Elkins has little time reflect as a meeting against Philip Barbour awaits Thursday in a Forest Festival matchup.
The explosive Tiger offense was held in check by the Indians after Elkins opened the game with a three-play, 60-yard drive for a touchdown on its opening possession of the game. Bridgeport, No. 3 in Class AA, then scored 37 straight points.
"We have to learn from this loss and put it behind us," Tiger coach Greg Hott said. "We have some big games coming up, and we can't let one loss stay with us."
Elkins, which dropped to 5-1 with the loss, is projected to drop at least three spots when the WVSSAC ratings are released on Tuesday. The Tigers, however, play three of their final four regular-season games at home.
"Playing at home will be big for us down the stretch," Hott said. "We need our fans to come out and give the kids the same support (we had against Bridgeport)."
After facing the Colts, Elkins will entertain Wheeling Park on Oct. 12.
CLASS?A?SHOWDOWN: Victories by Tucker County and East Hardy over the weekend set up a battle of undefeated Potomac Valley foes Friday night in Parsons.
The Class A, top-ranked Mountain Lions rolled past Southern (Md.) 41-13 behind 103 yards rushing and a pair of scores from Austin Zirk, and 190 yards passing from quarterback Derek Nestor.
"We played well on both sides of the ball," Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. "Our offensive and defensive lines controlled the line of scrimmage."
The Cougars are coming off a 39-18 win over Pendleton County.
STILL?IN?THE?HUNT: Despite two straight losses, Philip Barbour can climb back into the Class AA playoff hunt with wins over Class AAA competition over the next two weeks.
After facing Elkins this Thursday, the 3-3 Colts will travel to Buckhannon-Upshur on Oct. 12 before closing the regular season at home against Notre Dame and East Fairmont.
Philip Barbour could be short-handed against the Tigers due to injuries and ejections from the loss at Petersburg.