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September 27, 2013

Wildcats outlast Elkmont for rivalry win

Athens holds on to beat Austin

(Continued)

SALEM —

Elkmont’s first lead of the game didn’t last long as West answered with a 63 yard drive of its own. Tucker McCormick’s 13 yard run put the home team back in the lead 19-17. McCormick carried the load on the scoring drive that included seven runs, mostly up the gut of the Red Devils defense.

Not to be outdone, Elkmont’s Mike Tucker ripped off a 65-yard run on the next play from scrimmage and scored from two yards out on the next play to regain the lead with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter.

Tucker led Elkmont with 12 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Dillon Miller led the way for West Limestone with 13 carries for 118 yards and touchdown. McCormick added 113 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Miller’s second quarter touchdown gave Elkmont a 13-3 lead early in the second quarter when it looked like the Wildcats might run away with the game.

A creative blend of playcalling that included reverse passes and a fake punt ensured Elkmont stayed in the game until its ground game took over in the third quarter.

Elkmont’s ground game racked up 206 yards while West Limestone rushed for 316 as a team.

Elkmont had three players throw passes, most by Jordan Bailey who completed 4 of 11 pass attempts for 96 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Rhett Bailey caught two passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

West Limestone quarterback Drew Blakely was an efficient 3 for 4 for 39 yards. The Junior opened the scoring on a 5-yard naked bootleg on the Wildcats opening drive.

West Limestone (3-2, 1-2) host Wilson for an important 4A Region 8 contest next week. Elkmont (2-3, 1-2) face a third consecutive road game at No.1 ranked Madison Academy.

Other scores from around Limestone County:

East Limestone 59, James Clemens 42

Athens 26, Austin 24

Ardmore 56, Clements 30

Tanner 42, R.A. Hubbard 6

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