DOBSON —The Elkin football team handed Surry Central a hard-hitting loss on their own grass on Friday after Central failed to get any momentum going on offense until the fourth quarter.
The Elks edged out the Golden Eagles with an 18-7 win, moving the Golden Eagles record to 2-2.
The play of the game for Central came when quarterback and defensive back, Kirk Needham, intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter. The interception gave needed life to Central’s offense and a potential for a comeback.
Next, Needham led an offensive drive by connecting on a pass play to Reid Stanley. Stanley, who gained several ground yards on the drive, got the Golden Eagles in the red zone.
Needham then made a handoff play to Raymond Salazar. Salazar then punched in the ball for the only Golden Eagles touchdown against Elkin. Golden Eagle Jose Alvalos was good for the extra point. Salazar scored three touchdowns last week in a Central victory.
The Elks set the tempo from the beginning in special teams by scoring a field goal in the first quarter, putting three points on the board early on a kick from Zane Millsaps.
The score at halftime was Elks 9-0.
In the second quarter, the Elks continued to mount an offensive run with quarterback Josh Strickland at the helm. He connected with Jamal Hayes and eventually to Dakota King, who got the game’s first touchdown.
Elkin scored again in the third quarter making the score Elks 15-0. Another Millsaps field goal gave Elks the final 18.
Surry Central Head Coach Monty Southern said Central’s defense played solid but the offense did not get the job done.
“They were bringing the fight to us to attack,” said Southern. Coach Southern said a study of film would tell the whole story to see where improvements must be made.
Southern said their offensive line negated some of the Golden Eagles line play during the game.
Southern said Stephen Bruner made some good open field tackles and Alex Martin had some good hits. Martin was also starting quarterback for the Eagles against Elkin.
Stats for the game were not available at presstime.
Surry Central will host Mount Airy on Sept., 20 in their next game.