Highlanders beat up Elkins
HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington High Highlanders got to vent a bit of frustration in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs, trampling the No. 13 Elkins Tigers, 69-32.
The Highlanders entered the playoffs on a bit of a down note, losing their final game of the regular season at home to Capital.
Six different Huntington High players found the end zone on the ground Friday night at Bob Sang Field Friday night as the Highlanders continually gashed the Tigers for big plays.
The Highlanders had scoring plays of 77, 49, 44 and 19 yards.
"We thought we could get the edge on them with our speed," said Highlanders coach Billy Seals. "We ran the ball inside with (fullback) Paden (Christian) and then ran the isolation with our other backs and the offensive line did a good job of blocking.
"You look at the score and it's not close and we had our second-string in for most of the second half."
Elkins only managed 13 points in the first half, both on big plays.
The single-wing offense got the ball to L.J. Lawrence for a 72-yard run for a score in the first quarter, and Clayton Collett had a kickoff return in the second quarter.
Huntington High running backs Nick Tubbs and Charles Crawford rushed for 102 and 138 yards respectively and scored two touchdowns each in the first half.
Few Highlander starters saw the field in the second frame.
The game did get chippy toward the end, and unfortunately it will cost Huntington High.
Elkins had four personal fouls in the second half, including an exchange in which Seals said Highlander defensive lineman Shamar Ingram got his helmet ripped off. Ingram retaliated and was ejected on the play.
Elkins, which also threw for a touchdown pass on the final play of the game and left the field without shaking hands, drew sharp words from Seals.
"It is what it is, you're getting your butt beat and you look for other ways to get at kids, and I felt like that happened tonight," Seals said. "Our kids took a lot of cheap shots from them and the game got out of control.
"I've lost a kid for next week, and what do they lose? They got a kid thrown out and their season's over."
Seals said he didn't want what happened toward the end of the game to take away from what the Highlanders accomplished Friday.
ELKINS 7 6 0 19 -- 32
HUNTINGTON HIGH 21 21 15 12 -- 69
H -- Christian 7 run (Ruley kick).
E -- Lawrence 72 run (Collett kick).
H -- Tubbs 1 run (Ruley kick).
H -- Tubbs 77 run (Ruley kick).
H -- Crawford 19 run (Ruley kick).
E -- Collett 77 kick return (run failed)
H -- Shaver 44 run (Stephens kick).
H -- Crawford 2 run (Stephens kick).
H -- Corey Baker 16 pass from Shaver (Stephens pass from Wilson)
H -- Hendricks 5 run (Stephens kick).
E --- Lawrence 60 run (Collett kick).
H -- Gibbs 44 run (run failed)
E -- Bennet 1 run (kick failed).
H -- Hendricks 49 run (run failed)
E -- Cain 14 pass from Martin (time expired)
Total yards 409 528
First downs 16 21
Rushes-yards 46-395 41-462
Comp-Att-Int 1-4-0 4-8-0
Passing yards 14 69
Penalties-Yds 7-75 7-56
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-1
RUSHING -- ELK: Lawrence 12-180, 2 TD; Collett 17-102; Martin, 12-54; Gibbs, 6-22; Howell, 5 -43; Bennett, 1-1, TD; Hart 1-20; Riggleman, 1-5; Parrack, 1-3. HH: Crawford 9-138, 2 TD; Tubbs 5-102, 2 TD; Hendricks, 7-84, 2 TD; Shaver, 9-65, TD; Gibbs 4-88, TD; Thompson, 3-17; Clark, 1-10; Allen, 1-3; Wilson, 1- -4.
PASSING -- ELK: Martin 1-3-0, 14 yards; Gibbs, 0-1-0. HH: Shaver 4-7-0, 69 yards; Tubbs, 0-1.
RECEIVING -- ELK: Cain 1-14. HH: Christian 1-7, Baker, 2-21, Fraley, 1-41.