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Hornets stop late conversion to hold off Petersburg, 20-18

Bulldogs fall on the road to Gilmer County

The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle A swarm of Elkins Middle School defenders converge on Petersburg quarterback Colton Vance Wednesday night at Wimer Field.

ELKINS — The Elkins Middle School defense stopped a late two-point conversion to hold off Petersburg, 20-18, Wednesday night at Wimer Field.

The Hornets (2-1) seemed in control, leading 20-6 late in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings, however, scored a touchdown to cut the lead to 20-12, and then recovered an onside kick and found paydirt again with just :30 left in regulation to get within two.

But the Hornets were able to keep Petersburg out of the end zone on the two-point play to preserve the victory.

“We certainly made a lot of errors and mistakes tonight,” first-year EMS coach Jay Auvil said. “But the kids never quit fighting and I was proud of them.”

The Hornets took an 8-0 lead on a touchdown run by Nate Hulver in the opening quarter and the ensuing two-point play.

The Vikings answered early into the second quarter on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Colton Vance to cut the deficit to 8-6 going into halftime.

The Hornets tacked on TD runs from Isiah Merritt and Anthony Anderson to build a 20-6 cushion.

Ethan McCarty, Nick Bowers and Hulver all had interceptions for the Elkins defense, while Todd Vandevender forced a fumble

The Hornets will travel to Tygarts Valley at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

Gilmer County 48, TVMS 24

GLENVILLE  –Carter Patterson had 197 yards rushing and a pair of scores in Tygarts Valley’s 48-24 setback to Gilmer County on Wednesday evening.

Seth Currence added 119 yards on the ground and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who trailed 22-12 at halftime.

Andrew McGilbery paced the TV defense with seven solo tackles.

The Bulldogs (0-3) will play host to Elkins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.