Dominic Elder Jr. was a spark the North Oconee offense needed against Madison County as he helped lead his football team to its second win of the season.
Elder scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the 28-0 win and finished with 116 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Considering the win gave North Oconee a 1-0 region record, Elder knew the importance of Friday’s game. The win could give the Titans an advantage when state playoffs roll around.
Elder wasn’t concerned about the playoffs, though. He was focused on his game and his performance.
“Running the ball and moving the chains and just trying to put points on the board so we ran up the score on them,” Elder said.
Coming off a bye week, Elder and the rest of the Titans squad used the extra time to rest and better prepare against the Red Raiders.
Head coach Tyler Aurandt said he used the time to focus on fundamentals, too, like tackling and blocking. It proved beneficial when the team finished with one of its best performances of the season.
Elder has been tasked with much of the running back duties this season due to injuries. But he lived up to expectations against Madison County.
“He means a lot,” Aurandt said. “The kid’s come a long way. He runs the ball really, really hard. He’s gotten a lot stronger, he had a great offseason. And you can see all of that on display out here on Friday nights.”
When the Titans take the practice field this week, they will likely find the momentum needed to have a successful remaining season. Led by young players like Elder, a junior, Aurandt looks forward to seeing North Oconee football grow throughout the rest of the season as it plays tough region matchups.
Elder remains confident in his and his teammates’ skills, celebrating the win with fellow running back Rodrick Finch.
“RBU,” Elder said.