Elusive Elks ramble to upset

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2012 - 9:17 PM

Denis Bardashevskiy was more than a handful for Rogers, racking up 370 of the Elks' 514 rushing yards.

Elk River junior running back Denis Bardashevskiy switched to a smaller-sized jersey for the playoffs, hoping a tighter fit would make him harder to grab.

He was dressed for success on Saturday, spurring the Elks to a wild 53-42 upset at No. 7 Rogers in the Class 5A, Section 6 semifinals. Bardashevskiy ran 25 times for 370 yards, including five touchdown runs totaling 287 yards. Elk River finished with 514 rushing yards.

Offensive assistance came from an unlikely place. Third-string junior quarterback Clay Elrod entered the game in the third quarter and energized Elk River (5-5) with a 26-yard touchdown run that cut the Elks' deficit to 35-33 and prevented the Royals (7-2) from pulling away.

"I wanted to come in and finish the job the first two guys were doing," Elrod said.

His called his touchdown a byproduct of the Elks' shell game offense, one designed to hide the ball and befuddle defenses.

"Their guy actually had a hold of me on that play, but he didn't think I had the ball so he let go and I just kept going," Elrod said. "We practice hiding that ball as best we can. They never knew where it was."

The ball kept showing up in Bardashevskiy's hands and then in the end zone. He wore No. 32 in the regular season, averaging 136 yards per game and scoring 10 touchdowns. Donning No. 15 for the playoffs, he has posted two-game totals of 581 yards and six touchdowns.

"The No. 32 was baggy and defenses would grab my jersey a lot," Bardashevskiy said. "This one is a small, and it's a good, tight fit. They can't grab cloth anymore."

Despite an offense predicated on fooling defenses, little trickery was involved on Bardashevskiy's touchdown runs of 81, 22, 25, 69 and 90 yards, Elrod said.

"Our line went to work, they got him big holes and he's a fast Russian," Elrod said.

Bardashevskiy moved to the United States from Russia at 12 months old and speaks fluent Russian and English.

Rogers scored to cut Elk River's lead to 53-42 in the fourth quarter, then recovered the ensuing onside kick. But a Jordan Meyer sack turned the Royals over on downs.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Boston - LP: A. Ranaudo 0 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: C. Morton 4
Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: U. Jimenez 8
Washington - WP: T. Roark 3 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Harang 0
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 9
NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 6
Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 7
Chicago WSox 4 Top 7th Inning
Kansas City 5
Cleveland - WP: C. Kluber 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: N. Tropeano 2
Detroit - LP: J. Nathan 3 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: G. Perkins 4
Milwaukee 2 Bottom 11th Inning
St. Louis 2
Los Angeles 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Colorado 10
San Francisco 2 Top 8th Inning
Arizona 1
Seattle 0 Top 5th Inning
LA Angels 2
Texas 3 Top 5th Inning
Oakland 2
Philadelphia 3 Top 5th Inning
San Diego 2
Tampa Bay 9/18/14 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 9/18/14 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan

ADVERTISEMENT

Advertisement
Golden Gavel by Star Tribune

Countdown to great deals

Bid Sept. 21-29

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How do you feel about the decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close