ELKIN - North Surry scored early and often Friday night.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 24-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, routing Elkin 44-27 in Week Two action at Grissom Stadium.
The Elks started strong as Eric Kelly skied for an interception on North’s first possession of the night. But Elkin went three-and-out on the ensuing drive - a theme that doomed the team in the game.
Two plays after the punt, North quarterback Jacob Patten hit Jacob Goins on a short slant pass. Goins did the rest, scampering 39 yards for the go-ahead score.
The Elks fumbled on their next possession on their own 21 where the Hounds jumped on it. Two plays later, fullback Dakota Goss plowed in from five yards out to push the lead to 14-0 less than six minutes into the game.
Following another Elkin three-and-out, the Greyhounds added a 32-yard field goal by Caleb Ramey to jump ahead 17-0 in the first quarter.
The Elks showed some life on their next drive and finally moved the chains for the first time on the night on a North penalty. Josh Strickland capped the drive by connecting with Tyrek Hayes on a 41-yard fade pass down the left sideline to cut the lead to 17-7.
But on the ensuing kickoff, North’s Blaze Acord broke free on a 92-yard return touchdown to take control of the game and extend the lead out to 24-7 in the first quarter.
Ramey tacked on another field goal to give the Greyhounds a commanding 27-7 lead at the half.
Goss opened the third quarter where North left off in the first half, finding paydirt from 25 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the night.
Strickland manufactured another scoring drive midway through the third to give the Elks some hope, hitting Kody King on a five-yard strike to cut the lead to 34-13.
But on the next possession, North effectively put the game away as Corbin Bullins broke free on a 57-yard dart up the gut to give the Hounds a convincing 41-13 advantage heading to the fourth.
Elkin tacked on two touchdowns down the stretch but could not overcome the early deficit, falling 44-27.
The Elks, who fell to 1-1 with the loss, head into their bye week looking to bounce back when they travel to Surry Central on Sept. 13.
Note: Elkin’s Brandon Bradley and Jamiles Hayes were ejected during the heated contest Friday night. Both players will miss the next game, per North Carolina High School Athletic Association rule.
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