ELKIN —The Granite Bears rallied from an early hole to dominate Elkin 63-7.
Mount Airy wanted to come out strong and fast against Elkin in its first game since a 27-20 loss to West Stokes, but the Bears found themselves trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The early deficit was a wake-up call, and the Granite Bears responded in the second period. Orion Ramey sliced through the Elkin defense, racking up 150 yards and three touchdowns in the quarter to propel Mount Airy to a 63-7 win.
“For us to be good on offense, we have to do a lot of small things really well,” Mount Airy coach Kelly Holder said. “Tonight, we did a lot of little things that allowed us to be successful. It was good to see (Ramey) stretch his legs a little bit.
Elkin took an early lead thanks to a 41-yard touchdown pass from Beau Burgess to Jonah Christian. Burgess’ pass beat the Mount Airy safety and found his receiver wide open down the middle of the field for a 7-0 lead.
The Elks held this lead until the very first play of the second period, when Ramey began his dominating stretch. The senior running back scored his first touchdown on a 27-yard run. He broke free up the middle and bounced it to the right side to tie the game.
Mount Airy’s next drive was all about Ramey as he registered two carries, both for gains of at least 20 yards. His second run was for 29 yards and another touchdown to give the Bears a 14-7 lead with 9:10 left in the quarter.
Ramey finished the night with 17 carries for 191 yards and three scores.
“It was pretty much 90 percent my offensive line,” Ramey said. “On my last touchdown at the end, I did nothing. It was all them.”
Bear quarterback, Ian Holder, got in on the action with a big play to give Mount Airy a 21-7 lead and its third consecutive touchdown.
Holder faked a handoff to Ramey deep inside his own territory and rolled out to find a wide open Malik Frost near the right sideline. Frost caught the pass and turned up field for a 79-yard touchdown catch. It was the longest play of the night for Mount Airy.
“First quarter we were a little slow, but we got our mind right. We made some adjustments, made some good passes and really played well all-around,” Ian Holder said.
Mount Airy extended its lead before halftime to 35-7 with another Ramey touchdown run, and a Holder pass to tight end Jackson Smith.
Equally as imposing as Mount Airy’s offense was its defense. Smith, Ezekiel King and Cooper Orange were always around the ball and every Elkin drive ended in a three-and-out in the second period.
Burgess started 5-8 for Elkin, but the Bear defense forced 10 straight incompletions from this point till the end of the contest and harassed the Elks’ quarterback throughout the evening.
“We knew our defense was going to be a pretty good squad all along,” coach Holder said. “They’ve done a good job and they continued it tonight, but we got to keep getting better.”
Mount Airy kept its ground game going in the second half and scored four rushing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to reach its 63-7 lead.
However, it wasn’t Ramey carrying the ball across the goal line in the second half. Ian Holder took a designed quarterback run 54 yards for his third rushing touchdown of the season.
Coach Holder decided rest his starting running back with the big lead, giving Kenyon Smith and Chance Sizemore an opportunity to get some playing time out of the backfield.
Smith scored twice and Sizemore chipped in one of his own in the second half. They combined to carry the ball 11 times for 131 yards on the evening.
Mount Airy will look to keep the momentum going next week in a huge rivalry game at home against North Surry.
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