ELKINS -- Ozark turned three second-half drives into touchdowns, as the Hillbillies erased a halftime deficit to take a 28-12 victory Friday night at John Bunch Jr. Memorial Field.
With the win, Ozark completed a perfect run through the 4A-4 Conference. The Hillbillies had already locked down the No. 1 playoff seed from the conference coming in.
Ozark 28, Elkins 12
Ozark 6 0 14 8 — 28
Elkins 6 6 0 0 — 12
Ozark— Sanders run 11 (Kick failed) 10:11
Elkins — Jones run 1 (Kick failed) 0:34
Elkins — Jones 23 pass from McClain (pass failed) 8:46
Ozark—Graham 10 run (kick failed)
Ozark—Graham 15 run (Dietz run) 2:47
Ozark — Faulkenberry 4 run (Dietz run) 4:30
"We turned it over in that first half. We had a bunch of turnovers," Ozark coach Jeremie Burns said. "We had bad whatever it was."
The bad whatever it was didn't come out of the locker room for the second half.
Ozark erased a six-point halftime deficit by turning to its run game. The Hillbillies, who threw only three passes in the final two quarters, churned out big play after big play in the run game, as they had eight runs of 10 yards or more in the second half.Gallery: Ozark at Elkins
"In the second half, we turned it over to our big guys," Burns said. "In the second half, that was the difference. We were able to run the ball and run the clock.
"In the first half, we had our right guard go down. We brought some young guys in. We had some mistakes there. We got it corrected in the second half, and we were able to run the ball."
Ozark running back Eddie Graham reaped the benefits. In only his second game back from injury, the senior running back rushed seven times for 68 yards with a pair of scores in the final 24 minutes. His 15-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 47 seconds remaining gave Ozark (8-2, 8-0 4A-4) its first lead of the game. The score was set up by a Tyler Sanders 51-yard run deep into Elkins territory on the previous play.
Elkins (7-3, 4-3), playing in its first season at the Class 4A level, grabbed a 12-6 halftime lead as Chance Jones scored on a short run, then hauled in a 23-yard scoring pass from Quinn McClain with under a minute left in the first half.
The lead vanished in the third quarter as Ozark pulled away.
"Everybody kind of pitched in," Burns said. "The defense came up with some big stops as well. We had two big stops."
Elkins qualified for the playoffs as the No. 3 seed from the conference.
Sports on 11/03/2018
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