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September 22, 2012

H.S. Football: Wilson runs Elkhart past rival Grapeland

GRAPELAND — The 2012 edition of the rivalry between the Elkhart Elks and the Grapeland Sandies was one of the more lopsided games in the history of the series.

The Elks dominated the Sandies, who looked flat for the majority of the game — from the opening kickoff to the final play — and when all was said and done, Elkhart walked away victorious, blasting the Sandies by a score of 49-2.

The Elks got the ball to start the game, and after an impressive drive, Jeffrey Wilson punched it in from six yards out to give Elkhart the lead, 7-0. It would turn out to be the only score the Elks needed to win, but they were just getting started.

Late in the first quarter Wilson scored again, this time on a 29-yard run. A missed extra-point made the Elks' lead 13-0.

Midway through the second quarter, Wilson scored a third time on another 29-yard run. This time the Elks attempted a two-point conversion, which was good, extending the Elks' lead to 21-0, and the rout was on.

Later in the second, Jon-Michael Gordon got in on the act and scored on a 3-yard run, and another missed extra-point made the score, 27-0.

After the kickoff, the Sandies, who had mustered just minimal yardage all half, turned the ball over deep in Elkhart territory after what had been Grapeland's most promising drive of the game.

Following the fumble, Elkhart broke out a little trickery and Wilson scored his fourth touchdown of the first half, this time on an 80-yard run courtesy of a hook and lateral. The ensuing two-point conversion failed, but the Elks had put the game away, heading into halftime with a 33-0 lead.

Wilson ran for 340 yards in the game, outpacing the entire Grapeland offense by almost 300 yards by himself.

At the start of the third quarter, Elkhart's stifling defense continued the good work from the first half and the Elks' offense took over.

After a fine drive, Elkhart's Luke Hollingsworth punched in from 1-yard out, and after the successful two-point conversion, the Elks led by a score of 41-0.

On Grapeland's next possession, Austin Sheridan had his pass intercepted by Blake Zabick and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt made the score 47-0, in favor of the Elks.

Later in the third, the Elks finished their night of scoring by blocking a Grapeland punt out of the back of the endzone to make the score 49-0.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Sandies were finally able to get on the scoreboard as Elkhart punter Jimmy Warren was forced to fall on a high snap in the endzone, resulting on a safety, which would prove to be the only blemish on an otherwise spectacular night for the Elks in a 49-2 win over the Sandies.

Next week the Elks look build on their success as they host Joaquin for homecoming, while the Sandies look to pick up the pieces as they host Leon.

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