SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County High School senior Clay Elam reached a milestone on Friday night.
Elam, a two-way starter on the gridiron for the Hornets, reached 1,000 yards rushing for the 2013 season in his final regular-season game. The productive Elam took a dozen carries for 66 yards and one touchdown in the Hornets' regular-season finale against non-district opponent Lewis County. In 10 games, Elam has rushed 162 times for 1,049 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Magoffin County senior is averaging 105 rushing yards per game.
Elam made the most of the offseason prior to his senior season. Over the summer, after receiving an invite, Elam attended Furman University's Senior Elite Camp in Greenville, SC. He also attended Ohio University's Skills Camp in Athens, Ohio. Elam and teammate Josh Poe, a junior, both attended Blue Chip Football Academy in Mars Hill, N.C.
"Clay worked very hard in the offseason," said Magoffin County Coach Scotty McCoy. "He got serious about lifting weights and really devoted himself in the weightroom. There's times when it takes three of four players to bring him down."
The versatile Elam has presented problems for several defensive units. Elam and teammate Matt Patton, who has rushed for 844 yards of his own, give Magoffin County a stellar backfield duo.
"Matt Patton is more of a scat back type of runner for us and he's also had a very good season," McCoy added. "Clay is a back who can get us four yards or break free to run for 50 yards."
Elam opened the season on a tear, rushing 27 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a convincing victory over South Floyd. He has rushed for 100-plus yards in six of 10 regular-season games and is also averaging nearly two rushing touchdowns per game for the Hornets.
Elam will look to add to his rushing totals later in the week when Magoffin County hosts Lawrence County in the first round of the Class 3A State Playoffs.