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Matthew Gorry | The Elkin TribuneKody King and the Buckin' Elks raced past 3A West Iredell, 50-34, Friday night in the teams' final non-conference tilt of the season.
Matthew Gorry | The Elkin TribuneKody King and the Buckin' Elks raced past 3A West Iredell, 50-34, Friday night in the teams' final non-conference tilt of the season.
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STATESVILLE - With a Battle of the Bridge showdown with rival Starmount a week away, the Buckin’ Elks put on an offensive show on the road in Statesville Friday night.


Elkin dropped 50 points on 3A West Iredell to notch their second-straight impressive, non-conference victory, 50-34.


Junior quarterback Josh Strickland powered the Elks offensively, scoring four touchdowns in the game - two rushing, two passing. Jamiles Hayes and Kody King hauled in the scoring strikes.


The Elkin defense got into the action as well, blocking a Warrior punt and recovering the loose ball in the endzone for a touchdown.


After the game was knotted at 6-6 in the first, the Elks reeled off 17 straight points to grab a comfortable 23-6 advantage late in the half.


West scored just before the halftime horn to head into the locker room down 23-13.


But Elkin came out on fire in the second half, posting two quick scores to push the lead out to 36-13.


The win-less Warriors kept the game close, cutting the deficit as close as 36-28 in the fourth. But the Elks put the game out of reach with back-to-back interceptions on the final two drives of the night, preserving the 50-34 victory.


Elkin closed out a tough non-conference schedule with the win, posting a 3-1 mark to open the season.


The Elks return to the field Friday in the annual Battle of the Bridge match-up with Starmount in Boonville.


Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or mgorry@civitasmedia.com.


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