Hornets garner first victory
Benson leads Elkins to 34-16 win over BC
ELKINS — Aziah Benson rushed for three second-half scores as Elkins Middle School earned its initial win of the season under first-year coach Eddie Gannon with a 34-16 victory over Barbour County Wednesday night at Wimer Field.
Benson, who finished with over 150 yards on the ground, scored on runs of 29, 50 and 21 as the Hornets cruised after taking a 6-0 lead into the intermission.
On Elkins’ first drive of the third quarter, Benson scored from 29 yards out and also ran in the conversion to make it 14-0.
Barbour County quickly moved into Hornet territory on its next drive as a 40-yard run by Deshawn Webster set up the visitors inside the 40. But a fumble forced by a rushing John Bonner and recovered by Corey Harper gave EMS the ball near midfield.
On the first play from scrimmage, Benson eluded several defenders and zig-zagged his way to a 50-yard score with 3:59 left in the third quarter.
The game was then delayed for 30 minutes due to lightning in the area.
When play resumed, the Hornets were unable to convert the two-point conversion and the score remained 20-0.
Barbour County answered on its next possession when Kaden Humphreys connected with Tatum Owens for a 56-yard catch-and-run score.
Webster added the two-point run to cut the lead to 20-8.
With 4:13 left in the contest, Elkins made it 26-8 on Benson’s 25-yard scamper.
Webster, who was BC’s leading rusher on the night, then returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards for Barbour County to cut the lead to 26-16 after the conversion run.
The Hornets used runs of 20 and 39 from Cole Shreve to move to the BC 1-yard line on their next drive, setting up Bonner 1-yard score and ensuing two-point run to set the final at 34-16.
Elkins (1-1) will travel to Petersburg next Wednesday, while Barbour County (0-2) will be idle until entertaining Pendleton County in its home opener on Sept. 19.