By Michael Carter
For The News Courier
Elkmont outlasted West Morgan 35-21 to come away with a Class 3A, Region 8 win and keep the Red Devils’ playoff hopes alive in a region that includes No. 1 Madison Academy, Deshler and Lauderdale County.
The Red Devils (2-2, 2-1 Region 8) went ahead 14-0 in the first quarter on two close-range runs by Jared Bailey and extra points by Alexis Hernandez.
West Morgan (0-4, 0-3) cut it to 14-7 in the second on a 1-yard run by Shelton Stewart and a PAT from Scott Alberti.
Eli Hobbs countered for the Red Devils midway through the second to put the lead at 21-7 but Devin Hawkins burst in from 8 yards out with less than two minutes until halftime to trail 21-14 at halftime.
West Morgan tied the score at 21 in the third on a 55-yard passing play, but Elkmont’s Zeb Pankey scored on a pair of 5-yard runs late in the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of reach.
Bailey, who also had an interception while playing defense, had 16 carries for 94 yards and two scores. Mike Tucker gained a team-high 95 yards on 16 rushes, Pankey ran seven times for 53 yards and two touchdowns and Hobbs collected 69 yards on five carries and a TD.
Hernandez converted 5 of 6 PATs for the Red Devils. Quarterback Jordan Nelson was 3 of 5 for 88 yards with one interception.
Elkmont plays at 4A West Limestone (2-2) in non-region action. West Morgan travels to 4A East Lawrence (0-4).