Hornets and Mannington battle to 22-22 tie in 2OTs

Elkins overcomes deficit at halftime to improve to 4-1-1 on the season

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Elkins Middle School’s Nate Hulver breaks outside for a gain against Mannington Wednesday night at Wimer Stadium. The teams battled to a 22-22 double-overtime tie. The Hornets will finish the regular season Oct. 30 at home against East Fairmont.

ELKINS — Elkins battled Mannington Middle School to a 22-22 deadlock Wednesday night in double-overtime action at Wimer Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Husky Pups opened the scoring early in the second quarter when Casey Minor pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass.

The score was set up when Mannington defensive lineman Nathan Miller intercepted a tipped pass and rumbled into Hornets’ territory.

The visitors carried the eight-point lead into the half before Elkins drew even in the third quarter when quarterback Anthony Anderson hit pay dirt.

The Hornets (4-1-1) then took a 16-8 lead on a Nate Hulver touchdown run before the Husky Pups tied things back up at 16-16 with 35 seconds left in regulation.

After Mannington scored first in overtime to take a 22-16 edge, Elkins’ Isaiah Merritt scored on a reverse play to knot things back up and end the scoring in the contest.

“I give our kids a lot of credit, they never quit,” said Elkins coach Jay Auvil. “I was really proud of them for that.”

The Hornets will close out the season on Oct. 30 when they entertain East Fairmont.

Mannington visits West Fairmont Middle School next Wednesday.