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King, Eagles too much for Tigers

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Elkins quarterback Rodney Vandevender breaks free for a gain against Robert C. Byrd on Friday.

CLARKSBURG — Jeremiah King rumbled for 290 yards and scored four first-half touchdowns as Robert C. Byrd claimed a 35-12 victory over Elkins Friday night in Big 10 Conference play.

The season-opening game was originally scheduled to be held in Elkins but was moved after the bleachers at Wimer Stadium were deemed unfit for use during the 2020 season after an inspection.

With only parents and immediate family members of the players and coaches in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagles pushed across a pair of touchdowns inside the final minute of the first half to turn a 14-6 lead into a 28-6 advantage at the intermission.

King opened the scoring with 1:39 left in the opening quarter with a 15-yard run. Cameron Clark tacked on the first of his five successful PAT attempts to make it 7-0.

The Tigers, meanwhile, moved the ball well throughout the first half as their first three drives reached RCB territory.

Elkins found the end zone with 10:00 left in the first half when a 21-yard pass from Rodney Vandevender to Demanuel Smith on a fourth-down play led to Vandevender’s 4-yard TD run. The PAT pass failed, leaving the score 7-6.

King answered with a 48-yard run on RCB’s next possession to extend the lead back to 21-6.

The Eagles later took control late in the half when King broke free for a 64-yard score with just under a minute left and after a fumble by the Tigers on the ensuing kickoff, the junior scored his fourth TD of the night on a 19-yard run to give RCB a 28-6 cushion at halftime.

Elkins got within striking distance on senior T.J. Guire’s 2-yard run with 2:54 left to cut the deficit to 28-12 in the third quarter but Xavier Lopez added a 20-yard TD pass to Nathaniel Junkins late in canto to seal the win for the Eagles.

Vandevender rushed for 113 yards to lead Elkins on offense, while Guire added 98. Smith collected three receptions on the night for 31 yards.

Elkins will remain on the road next Friday at Lewis County. RCB is scheduled to host East Fairmont on the same evening.

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