Minutemen hand Tigers a 34-6 loss

The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle Elkins’ Daniel Romans brings down Lewis County’s Chase Beam for a loss during the first half of Friday night’s Big 10 Conference contest at Wimer Field.

ELKINS  – Marshall Hobbs rushed for 86 yards and three scores help power Lewis County to a 34-6 win over Elkins Friday night in Big 10 Conference action at Wimer Stadium.

The Minutemen (1-2) didn’t look the part of a winless team from the start, storming out of the gates and grabbing the early advantage on the game’s opening possession. Cade Rohrbough’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Chase Beam just four plays into the contest gave the visitors a quick 7-0 edge.

Lewis County extended the lead to 14-0 with 6:08 left in the half when Hobbs scored his first touchdown of the evening on a 6-yard scamper. The score capped off an 11-play, 61-yard drive for the Minutemen.

The ensuing kickoff was mishandled by the Tigers (2-1) and Lewis County took over on the hosts’ 37-yard line. Twelve plays later, Hobbs hit paydirt again, this time from 1-yard out, making it 21-0 with just 14.2 seconds remaining in the half.

“Lewis County came out really high and ready to play,” said Elkins coach Evan Hott. “I don’t think we met their level of intensity tonight. All week we talked about how they were 0-2, but those two losses were to Fairmont (Senior) and Bridgeport. I don’t know if their record crept into our minds but we weren’t as focused as we needed to be.”

The Minutemen limited Elkins to 50 yards of total offense through the first two quarters. The Tigers had just two offensive possessions in the first half, running 17 plays compared to 32 from the visitors.

“You are not going to be real successful putting points on the board when you only have two possessions in a half,” said Hott. “Give Lewis County credit. They came out fired up and they were pumped up throughout the game.”

Elkins appeared to be getting back in the game late in the third quarter when Daniel Romans cut the deficit to 21-6 on a 5-yard touchdown run with 56 seconds to play in the stanza. But just two plays into Lewis County’s ensuing possession, Hobbs broke free for a 54-yard touchdown that all but sealed the deal.

The Minutemen added a late score on a 22-yard run from Aaron Beam with two minutes to play.

Rohrbough finished the contest 4 of 5 through the air for 82 yards. He also added 42 yards rushing in the contest for the Minutemen.

Thomas Talkington led the Tigers’ offense with 97 yards total offense. He ran for 61 yards on 20 attempts, while completing 3 of 6 passes for 36 yards.

Romans paced the ground attack with 66 yards on 18 carries.

Elkins has a bye week next Friday before returning to action Sept. 21 at North Marion.

Lewis County will host Braxton County next Friday night.