In the world of high school sports, the JV programs are often overlooked with most of the attention on the varsity teams. However, this year the Elkin JV football program is an exception and an exceptional team. Very seldom does a football team at any level go undefeated for a season. Even at the professional level, only one team in history, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, have gone undefeated in an entire season.
The parents and coaches of the young Buckin’ Elks were excited about this year’s group of ninth- and 10th-graders having a good year, but even they could not imagine how well these boys would do. The Elkin JV team started the season with three players having substantial injuries — a broken tibia and fibula, a cracked forearm, and another player having knee surgery. With any team this would be a set back, but with Elkin being the smallest school in the surrounding conferences, injuries compound the trials and tribulations of a football season.
For the first two games of the season, the boys would meet two of the best football programs in the area. Mount Airy High School always a football power house and North Surry High School with close to 1,000 students. To make it even harder, Elkin JV boys would be playing these two tough opponents on their home field. The parents still believed in the boys, but the talk was these games would show how good Elkin really was. In both games, the Elkin JV team came from behind in the third quarter with grit and determination and scored big upsets.
It was becoming evident by now that this team was special. All the positions on the field were filled with quality hard nose players. The Elks were not the biggest boys on the field, but their speed and toughness made up for that. In many instances a player would get little rest during a game having to play both defense and offense because of the number of players. They just refused to lose.
The JV Elkin football team went on to play all the Wilkes schools, Alleghany, Ash County High School and their cross river rival, Starmount. The results were all the same — Elkin was determined to win and played together like a “band of brothers” or a herd of Elks.
Many of the team statics were very impressive and speak for themselves to knowledgeable football enthusiasts, like shutting out four of their opponents by not letting them score a single point. In many games, the Elkin defense was so strong the other teams struggled to even get a first down. As impressive as the offense was, the defense was brutally stingy giving up very little yardage to any opponents.
The Elkin JV football team went on to finish the season undefeated with a record of 10-0. The statics were impressive and the boys were fierce competitors, but those who know the team knows there is much more to the season. The team truly loves and cares for each other, and they are close and care for each other as family and it is evident on and off the field.