In their two losses this season, the Elks had given up 39 points per game but in their last two victories the script have been vastly different as they have given up just over seven.
Last week Elkton did not surrender an offensive touchdown to county rival Yoncalla and this week only gave up two scores to North Lake. Elkton defeated the North Lake Cowboys 53-13 last Friday being over .500 at 3-2.
“For our guys the message is defense first, which sounds odd in six-man,” said Elkton Head Coach Jeremy Lockhart. “But that is our philosophy. If we tackle true, we give up a few yards here and there. And if one sweeps through, okay, no big deal. But we’ve got to be able to control the game on defense, so we have a chance to do what we want to do on offense.”
Elkton wasted no time striking first on offense as Conner Anderson was able to make a quick connection with teammate Christian Halstead for the score making it 6-0 Elks; the closest this matchup would be the rest of the night.
North Lake and Elkton were able to put up stops on consecutive fourth downs after the Elks were able to stop North Lake near midfield.
Elkton got the ball back with under 30 seconds left in the first quarter, which proved to be more than enough time for Anderson. Anderson was able to break off a 64-yard run for the score as the quarter came to a close making it 13-0 Elkton.
Early in the second quarter, the rushing attack for Elkton seemed to find a groove after Nathan Rausch had two consecutive runs of 13 yards, moving the ball into North Lake territory.
But a dropped pitch from Elkton allowed the Cowboys to get the possession back as they would exploit the Elks’ miscue.
On the next play, Blake Herinckx got the handoff and ran past Elkton defenders for a 67-yard score making the score 13-6.
Elkton would respond quickly with two scores of their own with Anderson finding Anthony Alimenti on two different occasions both resulting in 50-yard scores growing the lead to 26-6 at halftime.
In the second half, Elkton’s offense continued to assert itself as Rausch rushed for a 30-yard score (33-6 Elks). North Lake would muster one more score against Elkton as another run by the Cowboys’ Herinckx made it 33-13. In the final minutes of the quarter, Rausch ran for another score, growing the lead for Elkton (39-13).
Rausch and Halstead added two more scores for Elkton as they ended the night with a big win over North Lake 53-13.
“I’m really happy with our defense the last couple weeks,” said Coach Lockhart. “I still think our team can be much better.”
Elkton will travel next week to Prospect Charter on Oct. 8 as they try to earn their third victory in a row.
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