DAYS CREEK — After three nonleague blowout wins, the Elkton Elks are ready to find out if they’re a legitimate contender for the Special District 1 South title.
The Elks sped away from Days Creek in the first half with five touchdown runs of 35 yards or longer, and posted a 46-0 victory in an eight-man football game on Saturday at the Wolves’ field.
A running clock was used in the second half due to the 45-point rule Elkton had surpassed by halftime. The Wolves (2-1) suffered their first loss after two lopsided shutout wins.
“The kids are getting better at coming out and getting off to a good start,” said Elkton coach Bill Shaw. “I told them at halftime I was really proud of the way they came out and got this thing started. We’ve been getting better in our execution.”
“We wanted to come out here and beat them real good,” said Elks senior quarterback Austin Luzier. “We have more players and our defense is pretty solid.”
The Elks scored on their first possession, driving 80 yards in four plays. Trentyn Halstead scored on a 35-yard run with 10:17 left.
Days Creek had its best chance to score later in the quarter after stopping Elkton on a fourth-and-6 and taking possession at the Elks’ 34. The Wolves drove to the 1, but a six-yard loss and incomplete pass gave the ball back to the Elks.
Two players, Halstead scored on a 94-yard jaunt and Elkton had a 16-0 advantage with 4:24 remaining in the period.
“That was a huge (momentum swing),” said D.C. coach David Hunt. “I really think if we would have been able to score — I can’t say it would’ve made a huge difference in the game — it would’ve kept our kids’ heads up and a little more pumped. The kids got a little deflated after that.”
It was all Elkton the rest of the way.
Spencer Moore had scoring runs of 57 and 55 yards, and Luzier went 55 yards for a touchdown to make it 40-0. Trystn Woody scored the Elks’ last TD, a 24-yard run with 2:05 to go in the second period.
Halstead and Moore combined for 298 yards rushing in the first half. Shaw pulled most of his starters near the end of the second quarter.
“We all came in looking to do our best and see how it goes because we knew they were 2-0,” said Halstead. “It turned out well. The shutout was good, our pass coverage is getting a little better.”
“Absolutely not,” replied Moore, when asked if he was surprised with the margin of victory. “It’s funny how they (the Wolves) were talking so much trash and we did that to them. And our starters didn’t even play a full half.”
The Wolves finished with 116 yards total offense. Cauy Jackson led D.C. with 40 yards rushing on 10 carries and made two receptions for 41 yards. Gerrit Wentland was 3 of 12 passing for 51 yards.
Defensively, Jackson had five tackles and one interception. Layton Berlingeri made five tackles and one sack.
“Elkton’s a good program. They have a good team and we have a lot of work to do,” Hunt said. “We just have to get better, and we didn’t play better this week. They didn’t run anything we didn’t practice all week, but we didn’t come up and play defense.”
Both clubs begin league play next Friday, with Elkton visiting North Douglas (2-1) and Days Creek hosting Butte Falls (2-0) in a Special District 2 West contest.
“North Douglas is a tough team,” said Shaw. “I know they’re going to want to run the ball and play some power football. It should be a helmet bumper, should be fun.”
Elkton 24 22 0 0 — 46
D. Creek 0 0 0 0 — 0
E — Halstead 35 run (Moore run), 10:17
E — Halstead 94 run (Moore run), 4:24
E — Moore 57 run (J. Woody pass from Luzier), 1:50
E — Luzier 45 run (Halstead pass from Luzier), 8:12
E — Moore 55 run (T. Woody run), 6:42
E — T. Woody 24 run (run failed), 2:05.