For the first time since 2014, Elkin football made it back to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs. On Friday night, the Buckin’ Elks hosted Hayesville and took an impressive 50-7 win to move on to the second round.
The Buckin’ Elks wasted no time heating things up on a chilly night. Elkin was able to score on its first drive, just three minutes into the first quarter. Ty Townsend returned the kickoff to the 47-yard line to start Elkin with great field position.
Jaylen Mayes put down two runs to advance the Buckin’ Elks down the field across the 50-yard line. Hayden Brooks was able to get the Buckin’ Elks even closer to a touchdown as he ran the ball for five yards.
On third-and-three on the 33-yard line, quarterback Beau Burgess put the ball in Mayes’ hands. Mayes beat two Hayesville defenders before finding his stride and taking the ball into the end zone for a Buckin’ Elks touchdown.
The point-after attempt was good by Brady Shugart and Elkin had a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter.
Less than two minutes later, the Buckin’ Elks were back in the end zone for another touchdown. After Elkin’s defense came up strong to force a three-and-out situation, Tevin Harris returned the punt for a 47-yard touchdown. Shugart once again made the point after, and the Buckin’ Elks were leading 14-0.
Elkin’s defense was able to come up big on Hayesville’s next drive to force another three-and-out situation for the Yellowjackets.
On Elkin’s third drive of the game, the Buckin’ Elks scored their third touchdown of the night. The drive started on the 46-yard line, and Elkin completed three third-down plays before scoring the touchdown.
On third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, Burgess found the hands of Harris with a perfectly thrown ball. Harris was making a run play through the back of the end zone when Burgess put the ball in his hands. With the touchdown, Elkin took a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Buckin’ Elks were unable to make it to the end zone on their first drive. Two flags put Elkin on its heels as it had to punt for the first time. Things started to slow down for the Buckin’ Elks as Hayesville was able to come up with its first touchdown of the night with 2:44 left in the second quarter.
Hayesville forced a three-and-out play on the Buckin’ Elks’ next drive, but the Yellowjackets didn’t have the ball for very long before they fumbled. The fumble was recovered by Elkin’s Graylon Hughes, and things started to heat back up on the field. With less than a minute left on the clock, Burgess found Mayes for another Elkin touchdown. The Buckin’ Elks took a 26-7 lead going into halftime.
The third quarter started the same way the second quarter ended. Hughes recovered another Hayesville fumble to give Elkin the ball. Boone Beaver carried the ball for five yards, followed by a run by Mayes. Burgess found the hands of Colt Henderson for a 32-yard touchdown run which put the Buckin’ Elks up 33-7.
Things didn’t stop there, as Elkin was able to put up 27 more points before the night was over. In the final minutes of the third quarter, Henderson put up another touchdown to make the score 40-7. In the final quarter, Beaver put the ball in the end zone for a 47-7 lead which was then followed up by a Shugart field goal to give Elkin a 50-7 win.
With the win, Elkin will move on to the second round of playoffs where they will face Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (10-1, 6-1).