Winning on the Road

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi
Elkins junior Chance Burdette prevents Lewis County senior Jacob White from scoring by hanging on to make the tackle.

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi Elkins junior Chance Burdette prevents Lewis County senior Jacob White from scoring by hanging on to make the tackle.

WESTON — Thomas Talkington and Daniel Romans combined for nearly 400 yards rushing Friday, as Elkins ran past Lewis County, 24-3, in Big 10 Conference action.

“I’ve been saying it all along, it’s a thunder and lightning combo,” EHS coach Evan Hott said. “They showed up tonight. It’s awesome when you have big play capabilities out of both backs.

“Daniel (Romans) ran like a man child tonight. There was a couple of runs where he was stiff-arming people and throwing them to the ground and continued to run … Thomas (Talkington) was just dash. He was making great reads and great cuts,” Hott said. “But we’ve got to give our offensive line credit. Our offensive coordinator Cody Knavenshue, during halftime, Cody made all the offensive line adjustments. Our O-line did an amazing job of opening holes for those two to run through.”

The Tigers racked up 380 yards of offense on 54 plays, all on the ground. EHS lost 4 fumbles in the game; however, Lewis County gave up 5 turnovers of their own. The Minutemen finished the game with 169 total yards, with 50 yards coming from the running game.

Daniel Roman got the Tigers on the scoreboard first with a 49-yard touchdown scamper. George Triplett added the extra point to make the total 7-0. In the second quarter, Jared Griffith booted a 42-yard field goal for LCHS to make the score 7-3. Triplett later answered with a 28-yard field goal for Elkins to make the halftime score 10-3.

Elkins senior kicker George Triplett makes good on an extra-point try in the first quarter at Lewis County High School on Friday evening.

Elkins senior kicker George Triplett makes good on an extra-point try in the first quarter at Lewis County High School on Friday evening.

Romans found pay dirt again in the fourth quarter, this time on an 11-yard run. Triplett’s PAT put the score at 17-3. Thomas Talkington sealed the victory with about 2 minutes left in the game with a 64 yard run.

Talkington finished the game with 250 yards rushing on 22 carries and 1 touchdown. Romans also had an outstanding performance, rushing the ball 15 times for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On defense, EHS senior Zach Shreve notched 7 tackles and 3 sacks, while freshman T.J. Guire intercepted a pass.

“The defense played really well again,” Hott said. “We knew we had to contain Jacob White. He’s one of the best running backs in the Big 10. I think we did a good job of containing him, he’s a heck of a ball player. The defense had relentless pursuit to the ball. That’s what we preached all week, and what we preached week one. The kids came through with it again.”

Elkins (2-0) is set to host North Marion next Friday at 7 p.m. Lewis County (0-3) is scheduled to travel to Braxton County for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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