Elks open Scott Wood era with a win
It wasnâ€™t pretty, but to new Elkin head coach Scott Wood, a win is a win. And that’s a good thing.
The Buckinâ€™ Elks topped Surry Central 23-13 on Friday night in a game that featured numerous fumbles and penalties.
“Defense was great in the first half.,â€ť Wood said. â€śOffensively we have to revisit some things. In the second half we moved the ball, but our defensive intensity dropped.â€ś
The Elks would strike first around the 10 minute mark of the first quarter when Jordan Coe recovered a bad punt snap from the Golden Eagles in the end zone for the touchdown. Ben Kramm tacked on the extra point.
After a few sloppy exchanges the Elks added a 28-yard field goal from Kramm before the half to take a 10-0 lead.
The Elks seemed as if they might run away with the game after Grayson Kimrey — who is sporting the popular No. 12 this season for the Elks — weaved his way in and out of the Central defense for a 52 yard run for the touchdown. That gave Elkin a 17-0 lead early in the third quarter.
WATCH WXII12.COM VIDEO: Elkin Buckin’ Elks Triumph In Their High School Football Opener – Video – WXII The Triad.
â€śThis play seemed to be the one that sparked the victory for us.” Kimrey would say.
After a Central fumble, the Elks added six more points on an Ethan Kramm run from 9 yards out.Â The Ben Kramm kick was blocked to give the Elks the 23-0 lead.
Central would manage to fight its way back into the game despite the momentum the Elks has picked up.
Jared Dimmette scored from 8 yards out late in the 3rd quarter. The 2-point conversion failed.
The Elks looked to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but fumbled the ball away, leading to another Surry Central score.
This time Central found the end zone on a Wilmoth run from 8 yards out. The extra point was good, cutting the Elks lead to 23-13.
Surry Central blocked an Elkin punt, but the Elks held the Eagles out of the end zone to preserve the victory.
“First game, you could definitely tell it was our first game.,â€ť Central coach Monty Southern said. â€śDimmette had a great game, it was his first game in a Surry Central uniform.”
Kimrey finished with 109 yards on 12 carries to lead the Elkin offense. Eythan Kramm bulled his way for 41 yards on seven carries. Jordan Coe added 40 yards on seven totes.
The two teams combined for 145 yards in penalties.
“You can never complain much about a win, but we still have a lot of things to work out, a lot of things we are going to try and improve upon,” Wood said.