The Elkin Buckin’ Elks showed signs of strength at Grissom Stadium Friday night against the North Surry Greyhounds. However, they also gave up some big plays in a second half thrashing.
Six touchdown plays for over 50 yards gave North Surry a 55-19 win over Elkin Friday night. The opening 4:13 of the second half Elkin would probably like to have back. Elkin missed a field goal late in the first half which would have given them the lead, but they instead were down 13-12 at halftime.
After an Elkin fumble on the first play of the second half, North Surry senior Luke Mauldin ran for a touchdown. After an Elkin punt, Mauldin found Colton Acord for a 43-yard touchdown pass. On the kickoff, Elkin senior Jonah Christian appeared to reenergize the team with a great kickoff return, but on the next play, Acord proved he could play some defense, too, reading the route perfectly, for a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown. The 21 points in just over four minutes meant what was once a one-point deficit for the Buckin’ Elks quickly grew to 22.
“I was very proud of the way they played in the first half, they played extremely hard,” Elkin Head Coach Scott Wood said. “Then we let a little snowball start for about five minutes, and a lot of points went up in that snowball.”
Elkin would give up three more big plays, including an 83-yard rushing touchdown by senior Jacob McHone to close out the third quarter, a 66-yard touchdown pass again to Acord, and a 65-yard rushing touchdown by junior Andrew Smith to seal the deal.
They started giving up big plays on the first play from scrimmage. Mauldin scored on a 66-yard touchdown to put the Greyhounds (2-0) up early. Elkin (0-2) then scored two touchdowns of their own to take a 12-7 lead, but their defense continued to give up some big plays. Elkin came close to a sack, but as the secondary pulled in to try and stop the scrambling quarterback, they left two receivers wide open. The quarterback found some open space and threw it deep for a 71-yard touchdown.
Still, there were signs of strong play from Elkin players like senior Will Altemueller and sophomore Jaylen Mayes. After the fumble to start the second half, Mayes appeared to intercept the pass, which fired up the team. Unfortunately for the Elks, it just barely hit the ground so it was ruled incomplete. Altemueller’s running game improved substantially from last weekend.
“We’ve worked really hard as an offensive line since last week, and we saw really good improvement with Will’s runs up the middle,” Wood said.
Elkin has a short week, with one less day of rest. Their next game will be on the big screen at home against Mount Airy (1-1). It will air on Time Warner Cable Sports Thursday at 6 p.m.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.