by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Denis Bardashevskiy’s six touchdowns in the 69-42 win over Monticello tied the Elk record set in 1928.
A lad named Leonard Martin did the same in an 86-0 win over Princeton that autumn.
That 1928 game also ranks as the most points ever scored by the Elks. The 2013 team’s 69-point binge ranks third all-time. The 1999 team had a 78-0 win over Hill-Murray.
The 111 total points Tuesday ties for the most in ERHS history. In a playoff game in 2000, the Elks lost to Champlin Park 61-50.
With 17 touchdowns for the season and 35 for his career, Bardashevskiy is within two of both the single-season mark of 19 set by running back Jeff Hawkins in 1973 and the career mark of 37 held by wide receiver Paul Martin in 1996-99. In this game Bardashevskiy passed two other all-time Elk luminaries as Hawkins had 32 TD’s and Chase Beaudry (1999-2001) had 34.
Bardashevskiy already has the career rushing record (currently 3,668). With 1,730 yards this season, he’s close to his record of 1,938 set last year.
His 317-yard game was fourth-best all-time, with his 370 against Rogers last year standing as the record.
The Elks’ 655 yards might be a record — it surpasses the 516 yards against Rogers last year — although that can’t be known for sure, because such statistics are either long-gone or were never kept until somewhere around the late 1960’s at most high schools. If the 1928 Elks could score 86 points against Princeton, with one kid scoring six times, chances are they had a lot of yards that day, too.
Records listed were compiled by former Elk quarterback Jon McLean in a comprehensively-researched booklet on a century of Elk football which he printed after the 2002 season. The Star News has updated some of those records in the 11 years since. McLean’s vast array of records and all-time lists didn’t include team single-game rushing records.
Note: Statistics in this article were compiled by the Star News and are unofficial. They will be superseded by official stats compiled off game film on Wednesday. There’s usually a variance of a few yards.