EAST BEND — Friday night saw the opening night of high school football for several local teams. The Elkin Buckin’ Elks traveled to East Bend to take on the Forbush Falcons under rainy conditions.
The Falcons looked like they were playing their sixth game of the season, while the Elks seemed to be shaking off pre-season nerves. At the end of the night, the Falcons came away with a 27-6 win.
The Falcons jumped on the Elks early as they made the Elks’ offense go three-and-out before they were forced to punt. With the Falcons on offense, Forbush quarterback Jackson Cooper found a hole in the defensive line to run for 20 yards and give the Falcons a first down at the 25-yard line. From there, the Falcons made it look easy as Zane Johnson took in the first touchdown of the night with a 10-yard run to give the Falcons their first touchdown of the night.
The Elks didn’t let the touchdown get to them as the Elkin defense came up with a huge play in the middle of the first quarter. The Falcons punter mishandled the ball and the Elks recovered on the 18-yard line. With 1:21 left in the first quarter, Elkin scored its first touchdown, but their field-goal attempt was blocked and the Falcons retained a 7-6 lead.
The Elks had the misfortune of being on the receiving end of several penalty calls throughout the night. By the end of the first quarter, the Elks had been called for their third penalty that resulted in a loss of 10 yards. The penalty calls gave the Falcons an advantage and before the first minute was up in the second quarter, Cooper found his way into the end-zone to give the Falcons a 14-6 lead.
The Falcons didn’t let up as they kept the pace going on defense as they forced the Elks into another three-and-out situation that resulted in a punt. Before the half, it looked as though the Elks were going to stop the Falcons from scoring again, as Hayden Brooks came up with a big stop to force the Falcons to a third-and-long situation. The additional yards didn’t seem to phase the Falcons, as Cooper found Tony Douglas for a 30-yard pass reception touchdown with 27.5 seconds left in the first half. At the half, the Falcons lead the Elks 20-6.
During the second half, the Elks were looking to change their game strategy as they tried to find holes in the middle of the Falcons’ defensive line. The Elks were unlucky as the Forbush linemen stood strong. In the third quarter, Forbush’s Austin Mendenhall put the nail in the coffin for the Falcons as he made a 50-yard run to make the score 27-6.
The Elks tried to make a comeback after they made a 70-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t convert on third down at the 26-yard line. After the final whistle blew, the Elks fell to the Falcons 27-6 and went to 0-1 for the season.
Next up for the Elks is an away game at North Surry, who lost the Ashe County 22-19. The Falcons head to Iredell County to take on North Iredell.
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.