Elkhart Moves to 3-0
By Will Johnson
TROUP – The Elkhart Elks were looking to continue their winning ways when they hit the road as they traveled to Troup for a game against the Tigers. The Elks were also looking for a little revenge from last year’s 54-16 debacle against the Tigers.
Despite a full moon on Friday the 13th, it was a good night to be an Elkhart Elks’ fan as the Elks kept their record unblemished and got a little payback as they shellacked Troup by a final score of 42-14.
Coach Jason Fiacco’s first year leading the Elks was a rough one as the team went 3-7. Sometimes, however, it takes a little bit of time for a team to buy into a new scheme and a new coach, but it appears the Elks have gone all in as they have now equaled their win total from last year and sit at 3-0 with just one more week before district play begins.
The Elks opened the scoring as RJ Moore scored from 27 yards out for the only points in the first quarter of play.
Troup came back to tie the game when Troup QB Jordan Elliot connected with running back Max Hale on a 10-yard pass.
With the score knotted at seven, the Elks took to the air as Elkhart QB Cade Starr found tight end Ky Thomas from 22 yards out to put Elkhart back ahead. The extra point was good and at the half, the Elks led 14-7.
Elkhart padded its lead shortly after halftime as Starr connected with Messiah Birdow for six points from 36 yards out to make the score 21-7, following the PAT.
Troup sliced the lead back to seven at 21-14 but the Starr-to-Birdow connection was back at it on Elkhart’s s next possession as the two Elks hooked up on a 51-yard TD.
Starr wasn’t finished, however, as the next time Elkhart had the ball, the quarterback found his big TE – Thomas – on a 54-yard pitch-and-catch for six. The try for two was good and at the end of three, the Elks led 36-14.
Elkhart added one more touchdown to their total as Cameron Sellars broke off a 52-yard scoring gallop midway through the fourth quarter to make the final score 42-14.
The Elks return home this week as they welcome the Sabine Cardinals to town for Homecoming. The homecoming festivities will be held before the kickoff which is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Jerry Ives Memorial Stadium.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.