FALLON – For the fourth-consecutive game, the Elko football team walked off the field with a loss.
During their homecoming contest, the Greenwave took the game to the Indians Friday night in Fallon.
Fallon started the game with 26-unanswered points, rolling to a 32-14 victory.
Once again, the Elko offense was ineffective in moving the football or putting up points.
With 5:56 remaining in the first period, Fallon junior quarterback Sean McCormick put the Greenwave on the board with a 12-yard touchdown run.
Senior Tallon Amezquita added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Fallon did more damage on the ground, sophomore Brock Richardson running for a seven-yard score.
The PAT gave Fallon a 14-0 advantage with 2:39 remaining in the first quarter.
For the first time in the game, the Greenwave lit up the Indians in the passing game.
McCormick connected with Richardson for a 66-yard gasher with 7:57 remaining in the half.
The PAT was unsuccessful, but Fallon’s lead grew to a comfortable 20-0.
Elko’s only chance to score in the first half fell by the wayside on a missed 35-yard field goal.
Fallon held the Elko offense to just 61 yards in the first two periods.
The Greenwave opened a 26-0 lead on the first drive of the third quarter after a two-yard run by McCormick, who routinely broke Elko’s outside contain, finding the edge for running room on numerous occasions for runs of 20-plus yards.
Elko went three-plays-and-out once again on its opening drive of the third quarter, punting to the Fallon 43.
The Indians had a positive play on defense, recovering a Fallon fumble with 4:30 remaining in the third period, but Elko went three-and-out on offense.
The only thing that helped the Elko offense was a mistake by Fallon, as the Greenwave hit senior Gavin Byington as he attempted to punt the ball.
The Indians picked up a first down at the Fallon 35, running Byington three times for a first down to the Greenwave 22.
Elko moved the ball to the Fallon 5 on two runs by senior quarterback Carter Alvarado and another by junior QB Ronin Rowley.
Byington capped the drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown on 3rd-and-goal with 11:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, putting the Indians on the board.
Junior Kaleb Martinez added the extra point, making the score 26-7.
The Greenwave took just more than one minute to answer Elko’s first touchdown of the game.
McCormick hit junior Bryce Larsen for a big-gainer to the inside the Elko 10, and McCormick tallied his third rushing TD on just the third play of the drive.
The PAT was blocked by Elko Cooper Jones, but Fallon extended its lead to 32-6 with 10:13 remaining.
Byington made a nice cut and notched Elko’s final touchdown of the ballgame with two minutes remaining on a 42-yard run, Martinez adding the extra point.
The Indians cut the lead to 32-14, falling by the same final score.
Elko’s offensive line opened some holes for Byington, but he was the only offensive weapon of the night for the Indians.
The Indians mounted only 173 yards of total offense, Byington accounting for 151 yards rushing on 28 carries.
He scored both of Elko’s two touchdowns.
Elko’s other players combined for just 16 rushing yards on 14 attempts.
The passing game was even more nonexistent for the Indians.
Elko threw for six yards total, finishing 3-for-8.
McCormick was the player of the game, accounting for four total touchdowns – rushing for three scores and throwing another.
He racked up 139 yards on 15 carries for a 9.3-per-rush clip.
He threw the ball with remarkable ease, completing 10 of 11 passes for 178 yards.
Fallon totaled 363 yards of offense, outgaining the Indians by 190 yards.
The Greenwave averaged 8.9 yards per play, limiting Elko to 3.5 yards per snap.
Elko fell to 2-4 after four-consecutive losses, while Fallon (5-1) is now tied with Spring Creek (5-1) for second place in the Division 3A North standings.
The Indians will return home to play Lowry (1-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at Warrior Field.
Elko is currently tied with Sparks (2-4) for the final spot to the postseason, but the Railroaders hold the head-to-head tiebreaker and close the season against Lowry and Wooster.
In all likelihood, the Indians will have to win out just to qualify for the playoffs.