Winning the battle in the trenches, Lavaca cruised to its first win of season Friday.
Anthony Todaro carried 21 times for 163 yards for two touchdowns, along with an interception on defense, as the Golden Arrows cruised past visiting Elkins 44-21.
Lavaca (1-1) forced Elkins (0-2) into three first-half turnovers, converting two of them into touchdowns. The Arrows’ defense, meanwhile, held the Elks to 61 first-half yards.
"I was real proud of the way our offensive and defensive lines played tonight," Lavaca coach Mark Headley said. "That was one thing coming in, we knew we had to control the line of scrimmage and I thought we did a pretty good job. They’re physical up front, they have some big guys and we rose to the challenge."
Lavaca’s defense added to the Arrows’ 8-0 lead late in the first quarter. After Elkins’ Anthony Castrellon caught a screen pass near the line of scrimmage, Luke Brown swept in immediately and jarred the ball loose with a big hit. Coby Graves (who also had a first-half interception) scooped up the fumble and raced 40 yards for a touchdown.
Headley’s two short TD runs in the second quarter gave the Arrows a 29-0 lead.
While the Elks never threatened, they showed signs of the life, scoring all their points in the second half. Quarterback Triston Ice (17 carries, 54 yards and a TD) kept the chains moving with his feet.
"Last year, he played running back for them and moved to quarterback," Headley said of Ice. "He’s slippery and he’s a good athlete. He wouldn’t go down by just grabbing him and I thought he fought all night long."
Elkins outscored Lavaca in the fourth quarter against the Arrows’ backups, including a 70-yard Blaize Ice kickoff return on the final play of the game.
"I think we’ve got to get more discipline," Headley said. "We had too many penalties, too many mistakes when we give up a big play and those are things we’ve got to improve. I like the mentality of our team. I know that they’re coming together and next week, it’s going to be a challenge. Mount Ida always has a physical team and we’re going to have to be up for it."