After playing two of the top teams in the state to open the season the Lewis County Minutemen traveled to Elkins to take on the Elkins Tigers in a Big Ten Conference game held at Wimer Stadium, and emerged with their first victory of the 2018 season, a 34-6 rout.
Lewis County came out fired up and after Marshall Hobbs returned the opening kickoff 25 yards to the Elkins 47 yard line to give them great field position to start off their first drive of the night. Isaiah Burciago gained 9 yards on the first play from scrimmage and Chase Beam gained 3 yards, to give the Minutemen a first down at the Elkins 35 yard line. Hobbs then picked up 4 yards and on the next play Lewis County went to the air with Senior quarterback Caden Rohrbough hitting Chase Beam with a 31 yard scoring strike and Jared Griffith added the extra point to give the Minutemen their first lead of the young season with 10:28 left in the first quarter.
Elkins got a good kickoff return and started their first drive of the night at their own 42 yard line. After picking a pair of first downs, the Tigers were forced to punt but a roughing the punter penalty on the Minutemen gave Elkins a fresh set of the downs. After the penalty, the Lewis County defense would tighten up and force the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs.
The two teams then traded possessions and Lewis County went to work on offense. The Minutemen put together an impressive 61 yard 11 play drive that ended when Hobbs punched the ball into the end zone on a six yard run, and Griffith added the PAT giving Lewis County a 14-0 lead with 6:08 left to play in the opening half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Griffith sent a kick down the field that bounced off an Elkins returner and was recovered by Jordan Gay at the Elkins 37 yard line. Gay also had a strong game on defense adding several key tackles in addition to the fumble recovery. The Minutemen extended the lead to 21-0 a few plays later on a 1-yard TD run by Hobbs and another PAT by Griffith.
Elkins had the first possession of the second half but were forced to punt the ball to the Minutemen. Lewis County would go three and out and punt the ball back to the Tigers. Elkins then put together their only scoring drive of the night, a 16 play 75 yard drive that ended with a Daniel Romans 5 yard run with just 56 seconds left to play in the third quarter the PAT attempt was no good, however, and the score moved to 21-6 in Lewis County’s favor.
The Minutemen began their next drive with good field position beginning at their own 41 yard line. Two plays into the drive Hobbs broke loose using strong blocking by the Mintuemen offensive line to streak ahead for a 54 yard touchdown run, his third of the night, the PAT failed and Lewis County extended their lead to 27-6 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
Elkins once again put together another long time consuming drive only to see it stall out when a strong Lewis County defensive play forced a turnover on downs.
Lewis County’s next drive forced them to punt the ball back to Elkins who again fumbled the football and Lewis County’s Nic Kuhn came up with recovery. Four plays later Aaron Beam would take a handoff and scamper in from 22 yards out, Griffith added the extra point bringing the lead to a 34-6 lead with just 2:00 to go.
Elkins had the ball last but could not produce any points as the clock ran out and Lewis County had its first victory of the 2018 season to move to 1-2 with the win. Lewis County held the edge in total offense out gaining the Elkins 293-256. The Minutemen had 215 yards rushing led by Marshall Hobbs who gained 104 yards on 15 carries and added 3 touchdowns. Lewis County had 78 passing yards as Caden Rohrbough was a perfect 4-for-4 with a touchdown pass. Chase Beam had 2 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Gay and Nic Kuhn had one fumble recovery each for the Minutemen.
Head Coach Dustin Cogar praised his team after the game, pointing to the physical play of the Minutemen defense.
“Any time we had the chance to put our pads on someone, we did,” Cogar said.
Lewis County will be back at home Friday, Sept. 14, when they host the Braxton County Eagles in a non conference game at 7 p.m.
Lewis County 7 14 6 7 - 34
Elkins 0 0 6 0 - 6
LC - Caden Rohrbough pass to Chase Beam 31 yards (Jared Griffith kick)
LC - Marshall Hobbs 6 yard run (Griffith kick)
LC - Hobbs 1 yard run (Griffith kick)
ELK - Daniel Romans 5 yard run (kick failed)
LC- Hobbs 54 yard run (pass failed)
LC - Aaron Beam 22 yard run (Griffith kick)
First Downs 12 16
By Rushing 10 12
By Passing 2 3
By Penalty 0 1
Yards Rushing 215 219
Yards Passing 78 37
Totals Yards 293 256
Passing 4-4-0 7-3-0
Fumbles-Fumbles Lost 1-0 4-2
Penalties-Yards 9-70 7-40
Punts-Avg. 3-40.7 1-23
Punt Return Yards 0 32
Kickoff Return Yards 32 50
Fumble Return Yards 0 0 0
Individual Statistics: Lewis County: Isaiah Burciago 6-37; Chase Beam 7-12; Marshall Hobbs 15-104; Caden Rohrbough 7-40; Aaron Beam 1-22; Totals 36-215; Elkins: Thomas Talkington 18-70; Chance Burdette 3-19; Daniel Romans 18-91; Austin Storey 2-6; Trevor Smith 5-23; Team 1-(-3 ); Rodney Vandevender II 1-2; Benjamin Boggs 1-11; Totals 49-219
Passing: Lewis County: Caden Rohrbough 4 of 4 for 78 yards with 1 touchdown; Elkins: Thomas Talkington 3 0f 7 for 37 yards
Receiving: Lewis County: Chase Beam 2-57; Marshall Hobbs 1-13; Hunter Rexroad 1-8; Elkins: Charlie Preston 1-12; Austin Storey 1-8; Peyton Isner 1-17