EMS Hornets fall to Mannington

The Inter-Mountain photos by Logan Comer Elkins Middle’s Xavier Sweezy makes a dash for the end zone on a touchdown run Wednesday evening.

ELKINS — The Elkins Middle School Hornets were overwhelmed in the first half Wednesday night, but fought back in the second to put touchdowns on the board against Mannington Middle, making the final score 36-14.

“They brought about 40 kids to the game and we just had 17,” EMS coach Martin Kniley said. “But my boys played really hard tonight. It was a team effort. They didn’t give up or hang their heads.”

The score was 36-0 at halftime, but the Hornets picked up the defensive intensity in the second half and scored a pair of touchdowns, one by Xavier Sweezy and the other by Charlie Smoak.

“We were able to play better defense after halftime,” Kniley said. “We were also able to move the ball better in the second half. We were able to score two touchdowns and held them scoreless in the second.”

Kniley expressed his admiration for his players’ never-say-die attitudes.

Charlie Smoak scored a touchdown for the Elkins Middle School Hornets Wednesday evening. EMS fell to Mannington Middle, 36-14.

“This team, they’re small but they’ve gelled really well,” he said.

“Nobody is selfish, they’re working as a unit. I’m really proud of them,” Kniley added.

The Hornets are now 2-4 on the season.

Elkins Middle will host Robert L. Bland at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.