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Tigers get victory over Minutemen

WESTON – Rodney Vandevender had a pair of touchdown runs in the fourth quarter and the Elkins defense made two late stops in a 25-14 victory over Lewis County on Friday night.

The road warrior Tigers led 13-8 at halftime but fell behind with 5:03 left in the third when quarterback Jaycob Smith scored on a 1-yard run to give the Minutemen a 14-13 edge.

Elkins, which is unable to play at Wimer Stadium this season due the bleachers being deemed unfit for public events, answered on its ensuing drive when Vandevender went in from the 1-yard line on the second play of the fourth quarter.

The conversion run failed, leaving the score 19-14.

The Tiger defense then held Lewis County on downs on the EHS 42-yard line.

Taking over with 7:19 left in regulation, Elkins marched 58 yards in 4:13 to seal the win.

A 40-yard scamper by Virginia transfer Dante Ramirez, who was seeing his first action of the season, moved the ball to the Minutemen 9.

After a pair of penalties, Demanuel Smith broke free for a 22-yard jolt to set up Vandevender’s 4-yard run with 3:06 left.

Elkins then took over with under a minute left after a fourth-down pass attempt by the Minutemen was off the mark.

T.J. Guire, who scored on an 88-yard run in the first quarter to give Elkins a 7-0 lead after Peyton Isner’s conversion kick, finished with 155 yards on 13 totes to lead the winners.

Vandevender added 67 on 13 on 12 totes, Ramirez tallied 49 yards and Demanuel Smith 43.

Marshall Hobbs, an all-state second-team selection last season for Lewis County, had 189 yards in a losing effort.

Elkins (1-1) will place its third straight road game next Friday night at North Marion.

The Minutemen (0-1) will visit Ripley on the same evening.

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