The Elkin football team came out strong in the first quarter of Thursday night’s matchup against Mount Airy, but like a sweater that got unraveled, things quickly came undone.
Save for the Weezer reference, the Mount Airy Granite Bears walked away with a big win at Grissom Stadium, behind a 35-point second quarter, and 63 unanswered in a 63-7 win. Despite strong defense in the first quarter by the Buckin’ Elks, and a 41-yard touchdown reception by senior Jonah Christian, the Buckin’ Elks (0-3) could not find a way to stop Orion Ramey. Ramey ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns in the second quarter alone, finishing the night with 191 yards on 17 carries.
“It was pretty much 90 percent my offensive line,” Ramey said. “On my last touchdown at the end, I did nothing. It was all them.”
“It is a frustrating thing,” Elkin Head Coach Scott Wood said. “And I’m sure the kids are frustrated by it because I know on the sidelines we’re frustrated.”
As the Buckin’ Elks were looking for ways to stop Ramey, they left others open in the process. A play-action pass to Malik Frost gave the Granite Bears a 79-yard touchdown, their longest score of the night. For a while, Elkin quarterback Beau Burgess was playing well, but the Granite Bears defensive pressure got to him, as Burgess went from starting 5-8 to having ten straight incompletions.
“We failed to execute a lot of our assignments,” Wood said. “That’s not something we’re proud of or something that we want to be. We don’t hang our hat on playing a quarter, a quarter and a half, we got to play 48 minutes of football. The season’s young, we’ll regroup and keep going forward.”
Senior Will Altemueller left the game midway through the second quarter with concussion-like symptoms, and his lack of presence was felt immediately.
“He’s our leader on both sides of the ball,” Wood said. “He gets the defense lined up. He’s not a vocal leader… but they’re used to seeing him there.”
With it being a Thursday night game, the Buckin’ Elks have an extra day to recover before traveling to Surry Central (0-2) Friday night at 7:30 p.m for the first conference game of the season. Surry Central will have only three days of rest because their game against Wilkes Central was rescheduled to Monday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.