Elkhorn Middle School’s seventh-grade football team has reached the final four of the state playoffs.
The Elks (13-0) defeated Jefferson County Traditional Middle School 30-0 Saturday to capture the Region 3 championship at Collins High School in Shelbyville.
The game was scoreless at halftime.
“I basically told them they weren’t playing to their level,” Elkhorn coach Tim Rose said about his halftime talk. “They were flat, and if they wanted to keep playing they had to play two good quarters to get to the semifinals.”
That’s what the Elks did.
They took an 8-0 lead in the third quarter on a 27-yard touchdown run by Louis Simmons with Dejuan Davis scoring the two-point conversion.
EMS scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Davis had a 16-yard halfback pass to Kyle Stivers for a touchdown, and Davis had another halfback pass, this one to Simmons, for the conversion.
Ky-Ere Walker scored on a 22-yard run, and the point-after attempt failed.
Elkhorn closed out the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Christian Vanover. Jermez Herring scored the two-point conversion.
“Our defense did well the whole game,” Rose said. “We went away from the offense we typically run. We went with a formation and set we haven’t used all year, and it worked.”
Elkhorn had 205 yards total offense while holding JCTMS to 67 yards.
The Elks play Corbin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Catholic. A win would put them in the state championship game Sunday at Bryan Station High School.