Rain postponed many Friday night athletic events in North Carolina, including what was supposed to be Elkin’s homecoming football game against North Wilkes. It sets up another Monday night football game, with both teams desperate to get back on the right track.
Elkin (0-5, 0-1 MVAC) has started out this year worse than the last. After starting out 0-4 in 2014, the Buckin’ Elks were able to defeat rival Starmount Rams 26-0, winning six-straight games in the process. In 2015 though, the luck has been bucked. They’re a young team, and while youth is not viewed as an excuse, having some of the experience that they had last year and 2013 would help this team.
There’s still hope, though. Despite losing all of their non-conference games, with conference play only one week in, it’s like a new season for them. If they’re to make the second game of their new season great, they’ll have to find a way to beat the North Wilkes Vikings. The Vikings (1-4, 0-1 MVAC) have started to slide as well. The Vikings led Forbush late back on Sept. 4 but could not hold on as they lost 20-19. Since then, they’ve lost to Avery County and to East Wilkes. North Wilkes has some recent experience with a Monday night game, as last week’s game against East Wilkes was also postponed due to rain. East Wilkes did a phenomenal job containing perhaps North Wilkes’ biggest threat in Daniel Pruitt. With the game still being in the rain, their quarterback Dylan Bauguess did not throw it nearly as often as in the game against Forbush. However, if the weather cooperates, watch for Bauguess to try and air it out to Pruitt.
Elkin needs to look at what East Wilkes was able to do on defense to contain Pruitt, but most importantly, play an entire 80 minutes. In Elkin’s game against Mount Airy, the Buckin’ Elks came out strong on both sides of the ball, holding a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, they would go on to give up 35 points in the second quarter en route to a 63-7 loss. Offensively, losing senior Will Altemueller in that game was big, and he’s created opportunities on offense so far. If Elkin wins the battle in the trenches, Elkin wins this ball game.
Following Monday night, Elkin has a short week before their homecoming game against East Wilkes (6-0, 2-0 MVAC) Friday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.