FARMINGTON - Morgan Kelly amassed 253 yards rushing and four touchdowns Friday to power Elkins past North Marion, 50-20, in Big 10 Conference action.
The Tigers (1-0) drew first blood when Kelly took the first snap from scrimmage and galloped for a 79-yard touchdown. According to EHS statistician Chad Ware, the touchdown marked the third consecutive year that the Tigers have scored on the first play of the opening game.
Offensively, the Tigers rushed for 502 yards on 50 attempts. The team was 0 for 1 passing. Kelly averaged just over 12 yards per carry.
Tucker County fell to Pocahontas County, 13-6, as both teams opened the 2014 high school football season. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Kevin Hostetler)
"The offensive line did a great job tonight," EHS coach Greg Hott said. "They opened holes and made things happen. Caleb Riggleman and Caleb Watson did a great job trap blocking. Overall, we had a great team rushing night."
The Tigers took a 27-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Kelly found paydirt three times and Anthony Haden added another touchdown to cap the first half scoring.
The second half began just like the first. Kelly took the opening snap and ran 72 yards for another touchdown to put Elkins up 34-7. From that point, the Tigers never looked back. Alex Taylor and Keenen Bowers also added rushing touchdowns for Elkins.
Freshman kicker George Triplett also booted a 38-yard field goal for the Tigers, late in the fourth quarter.
"(Kelly) has matured a lot since last season," Hott said. "During the offseason, he hit the weight room hard. When practice rolled around, (Kelly) was bigger, faster and stronger. He also had a year of varsity football experience under his belt. He's much more mature than he was last year and that speaks volumes."
Pocahontas County 13, Tucker County 6
PARSONS - Pocahontas County held Tucker County to less than 60 yards of total offense Friday en route to a 13-6 victory in Potomac Valley Conference action.
"We were just young and dumb, it's a hard combination," TCHS coach A.J. Rapp said. "We played hard, but we had four interceptions. We took the ball to the 5 yard line on the opening drive and we still couldn't get it in. Things just didn't go our way."
Mountain Lions' quarterback Daniel Kisamore fumbled a snap in the end zone to give PCHS its first score. Later, the Warriors connected on a 57 yard pass to make the score 13-0 at halftime.
Tucker County tried to climb back into the game in the fourth quarter when Kisamore plunged into the end zone from four yards out to make the score 13-6. However, the Mountain Lions couldn't muster enough offense to take the lead.
East Hardy 38, Page County, Va. 14
PAGE COUNTY, Va. - Tyler Murphy and Tyler Smith both scored a pair of touchdowns Friday to help East Hardy cruise past Page County, Va., 38-14.
"It was a great first win for East Hardy," coach Chad Williams said. "Our conditioning paid off. We did something we don't normally do, we played power football."
The Cougars amassed 340 total yards of offense, including 224 on the ground and 116 through the air.
Defensively, Teddy Cassell had 12 tackles and one interception. Jesse Nutter added nine tackles and one fumble recovery.
Bridgeport 38, Buckhannon-Upshur 7
BRIDGEPORT - The Bridgeport Indians rolled past Buckhannon-Upshur, 38-7.
"We really hurt ourselves with a couple of early fumbles," B-U coach Duane Stoeckle said. "You can't turn the ball over to a quality team like Bridgeport. We just didn't have an answer on defense. I think their offense is even better than it was last year."
Bridgeport gained 422 yards of total offense, to B-U's 178 yards. Brandon Mallett was the top rusher for the Bucs, while Chase Lewellyn made nine tackles on defense.