ELKHART — ELKHART – The battle for the third and fourth playoff spot from District 11-2A Division I has finally been settled. With the Elks’ home win over the Trinity Tigers on Friday night, they were able to clinch the district’s third seed while Trinity enters in fourth.
Of course, the game was a showcase of the talent that Elkhart is able to utilize in running back Jeffery Wilson, who, on 35 carries, managed 374 yards on the ground. Wilson led the Elks in scoring as well with six of the team’s seven touchdowns.
Scoring began on a Wilson run of 25 yards. Trinity was able to answer less than a minute later by way of a 10-yard run from quarterback Michael Lewis to take the lead at 7-6. Wilson was quick to respond with another score—this time from 10 yards out—and the two-point conversion to take a 14-7 lead.
Lewis would again notch the score up with a four-yard run to knot things at 14. A defensive stop of Elkhart’s lethal spread allowed the Tigers to march in range of a Jose Hernandez kick, which he pushed through the uprights to give Trinity the upper hand at 17-14. Wilson would score on a 26-yard response and conversion to re-secure an Elk lead at 22-17.
But just underneath the Jeffery Wilson storyline was the subplot of the connection between Elk quarterback Jordan Ives and receiver Cullen Adams. Following the Wilson touchdown and a stop of Trinity’s offense, Ives found Adams for a 29-yard touchdown pass on a deep play-action slant across the left hash. Adams would split the Tiger secondary and scamper into the lower corner of the end zone to end the half.
“Anytime we play-action off Jeffery, people get open,” said Elkhart Head Football Coach Sam Wells about the importance of the Elks’ second weapon pass game. “Cullen had a big night tonight receiving for us, and that was good.