WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County played one of its best defensive games of the season, shutting out Elkin on Friday night, 34-0.
The air raid offense took a little while to get going, but once it did, the Buckin’ Elks never had a chance.
The scoring started with a touchdown pass from Colin Ellis to Judd Price with 4:45 left in the first quarter to give the Huskies a 7-0 advantage.
After nearly blocking a punt, Ashe took over on its next possession and scored just before the end of the first quarter on a two-yard run from Ellis. The extra point attempt was no good, but Ashe was still ahead 13-0 going to the second period.
Elkin got some good field position at Ashe’s 35-yard line after the Huskies fumbled a punt, but the Ashe defense stood strong and kept the Elks from capitalizing on the turnover by stopping them on a fourth down passing play.
On the first Husky play of the next drive, Ellis threw a 68-yard touchdown pass that was called back on a penalty.
That would only slow the Huskies down momentarily as senior wide receiver Maison McNeill faked a punt three plays later and ran the ball all the way into the end zone for a 51-yard score and a 20-0 lead with 8:36 left until halftime.
Ashe had one more late-quarter touchdown play up its sleeve before the first half would come to an end.
Ellis threw a strike to McNeill that gave the Huskies a first-and-goal at the five-yard line with 1:25 left in the second quarter. On the very next play, junior tailback Skye Sullivan, who had missed the previous three games due to an injury, powered across the goal line for a five-yard TD run. Ashe now held a 27-0 lead that they would take to the halftime break.
The final score of the night came early in the third quarter when Ellis tossed his second touchdown of the night, this one a 20-yarder to sophomore wide receiver Grant Thompson with 9:10 remaining in the third.
“We finally woke up and played pretty good. We came out a little sluggish offensively but then we got things going a little bit and scored four times in the first half,” said Ashe County head coach Brian Hampton. “Defensively, this team played great. I don’t know how many first downs they (Elkin) had but I bet it wasn’t double digits.”
Ashe finished the regular season with a 6-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
Elkin’s difficult season came to a close at 1-10 overall and 1-6 in the MVAC.
For Ashe, the season will continue into the 2A playoffs that will begin next Friday. Preliminary brackets indicate Ashe will be the fifth seed and wil host 12th seed West Caldwell.
Other area scores
Starmount 37, Alleghany 8
East Wilkes 29, West Wilkes 0
North Surry 36, Forbush 29
Kings Mountain 34, East Burke 0
East Surry 49, Mount Airy 24
North Stokes 48, Atkins 6
Wilkes Central 47, North Wilkes 34
Carver 48, South Stokes 7
South Caldwell 48, Watauga 35
West Stokes 27, Surry Central 23
Alexander Central 42, West Iredell 7
Mountain Heritage 40, Madison 10
Mitchell 47, Avery County 7
Freedom 46, Morganton-Patton 0
Hibriten 48, Hickory 24
Lincolnton 37, Maiden 12
West Caldwell 31, Bunker Hill 0
Christian Academy of Knoxville (TN) 37, Johnson County (TN) 14
Galax (VA) 46, Grayson County (VA) 7
Final MVAC Standings
1. East Wilkes: 11-0, 7-0 MVAC
2. Ashe County: 6-5, 5-2 MVAC
3. Starmount: 7-4, 5-2 MVAC
4. Wilkes Central: 9-2, 5-2 MVAC
5. West Wilkes: 5-6, 3-4 MVAC
6. Alleghany: 3-8, 2-5 MVAC
7. Elkin: 1-10, 1-6 MVAC
8. North Wilkes: 1-10, 0-7 MVAC
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87