In a home league-playoff game last Friday, it was Elkton that continued their winning ways as they beat Chiloquin 60-0 to move on to round one of the 1A state playoffs.
“They are way bigger than us so I was really concerned about whether or not we could handle that size and physicality,” said Elkton head coach Bill Shaw. “And the kids responded really well. They came out and played hard, executed well and did some really good things.”
The size was apparent from the start as Chiloquin’s quarterback Den Herrera, listed at 6’2 210 pounds, and running back Daniel Jones, listed at 6’2 235 pounds, loomed over Elkton.
But despite the size advantage, it was all Elkton from the get go.
In just four plays, the Elks found the end zone with a 35-yard rushing touchdown from Spencer Moore. Then after a fumble on Chiloquin’s first play from scrimmage, Moore again scored this time from four yards out. On the next drive, Chiloquin’s Herrera was intercepted by Jase Billman who returned the interception to the end zone for a score. An Austin Luzier 40 yard rush on the next drive put the Elks up 24-0 after one quarter.
“The defense was solid from the start. Forced a fumble, kind of got things rolling our way early. But I was really happy with our offensive execution today. No turnovers, we didn’t turn it over a bunch. We ran some things kind of outside the box,” said Shaw.
The second quarter saw a continued level of dominance for the Elks. The defense forced another fumble and another interception in the quarter which brought their halftime total to four. Additionally they held Chiloquin to 29 yards of offense.
On the offensive side, all systems were firing. Moore ran for another touchdown and Luzier passed for three touchdowns including a trick play that saw two handoffs and a pitch back to Luzier who found an open Jayden Woody downfield. At the half Elkton was up 54-0.
“They’re yelling to our sideline that we’re running up the score, but guess what, this is a playoff game,” said assistant coach Mike Hughes at halftime.
In the second half, Elkton put their backups in on the first drive that stalled and their starters were in after that.
“I get the impression that [Chiloquin was] disappointed that they felt like we might have run it up a bit. But I tried to put my littles in but I thought that their guy 28 was going to kill my poor little freshman quarterback,” said Shaw.
With the running clock winding down, the Elks found the end zone once in the second half when they ran the same trick play as they did earlier in game.
“The flea flicker was supposed to be a jab play to my two back in the middle of the line but the kids got a little creative on their own,” said Shaw.
With the victory, Elkton moved up to number eight in the rankings and will now be hosting Wallowa at 1:00 p.m. next Friday.