Elkhart Clinches First Playoff Berth in a Decade with 55-21 Win vs. Palestine Westwood
ELKHART -- Big games from Jeffery Wilson and Gaje Smock propelled Elkhart to a 55-21 win against Palestine Westwood that clinched the Elks' first playoff berth since 2004.
The win pushed Elkhart to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in district. Wilson delivered another monster game out of the backfield.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior ran 20 times for 286 yards and six touchdowns, which covered 55, 19, 1, 35, 35, and 4 yards. He enters Friday's regular-season finale at home against Trinity with 2,109 yards and 29 touchdowns. Wilson averages 8.8 yards per carry and has gained 4,438 rushing yards since the start of the 2012 season.
Smock, a linebacker, led Elkhart with 22 tackles, including one for loss. That pushed his season tackle total to 139.
The loss dropped Westwood to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in district entering the Panthers' season finale at Crockett.