Last updated: November 17. 2013 8:27PM - 554 Views
Matthew Gorry Sports Writer



Elkin's Josh Strickland hands the ball off to Cory Anderson Friday night against Alleghany in the first round of the 1A state playoffs.
Elkin's Josh Strickland hands the ball off to Cory Anderson Friday night against Alleghany in the first round of the 1A state playoffs.
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SPARTA — It took nearly three quarters for the dormant Elkin offense to finally wake up in Friday’s rain-soaked 1A playoff opener in Sparta.


But once the Elks woke up, they nearly pulled off a 20-point, second-half comeback over Mountain Valley Conference rival Alleghany.


A batted pass in the end zone on fourth down proved to be the difference as the Trojans knocked off Elkin for the second time in three weeks, 28-7, t0 advance to the second round.


Playing their first home playoff game in over 15 years, Alleghany jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half, relying heavily on its strong rushing attack. Chandler Caudill found paydirt on 26- and four-yard touchdown runs to give the Trojans the early advantage.


The Trojans tacked on another score after opening the second half with a grinding, seven-minute drive that ended on a four-yard touchdown pass from Erik Lyons to Khalil Lawson, pushing the lead out to 20-0.


With 4:34 left in the third quarter, the Elks finally answered as Josh Strickland marched the team down the field.


The junior hit Jamiles Hayes on a 4th-and-6 pass to pick up the first down. On the next play, Hayes darted off left-tackle for the score, cutting the deficit to 20-7.


The Elkin defense came up huge in the fourth, forcing an Alleghany punt before Cory Anderson brought down Lyons on a strip-sack deep in Trojan territory with 5:00 remaining.


On 4th-and-7, Strickland picked a low snap off the field and hit Will Altemueller on a 14-yard strike to set the Elks up at the 5.


After a flag backed Elkin up to the 10, two incomplete passes and a sack set up a do-or-die, 4th-and-goal from the 13. Strickland dropped back and fired a pass that was knocked out of Tyrek Hayes’ hands in the end zone.


The Trojans added a final insurance score with under a minute to play to seal the 28-7 victory.


Elkin’s season ends at 6-6, while Alleghany stays alive in the 1A bracket, advancing to play Murphy next Friday.


Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or mgorry@civitasmedia.com.

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