Thursday, February 5, 2015


Photo by Robby Newport, Down Home Portraits

The Elkmont Red Devils had a great season last fall, with a 8-3 record and a playoff appearance.  At this time, three of the Red Devils have been offered opportunities to play at the next level.  Two of them have signed, Joshua Carter who will be playing at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota and Jared Bailey at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The third Red Devil is still in the decision process.

Bailey inked his letter of intent during the flurry of national signing day with the UC Patriots. The Patriots are an NAIA school and are aligned with the Mid-South Conference.

The 4A first team all state, two way starter, was one the reasons for Elkmont's outstanding season. On defense, he accounted for 66 tackles and six interceptions. He also returned kicks and accounted for more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 683 rushing yards. 

“The leadership and the role he played on both sides of the ball will be missed,” said Elkmont head coach Sean Holt. “The whole senior class was good at that, but especially him. The impact he had on both sides of the ball is going to be hard to replace.”

Jared visited the University of the Cumberlands located in Williamsburg, Kentucky last month. 

He was so impressed with the coaches and their enthusiasm for the program!  Not only were the coaches interested in Jared as a player, but wanted to help him develop as a quality student and young man. The athletic facilities, especially the new weight room, at the University were impressive. The beautiful campus and surrounding area are nestled in the foothills of the eastern Kentucky mountains with friendly people who made Jared feel at home.  All of these things helped him to decide that he wanted to be a UC Patriot.

Bailey hopes to be utilized on the defensive side of the ball, but when he was asked where he would like to play, he told the coaches he would like to play wherever they felt was the best place for him. Jared hopes to become an integral part of this wonderful program and earn a degree from this highly respected university.  He and his family are excited about what the future holds for him. They are looking forward to next fall!  Go Patriots!

The University of the Cumberlands is a private, liberal arts college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, with an enrollment of approximately 4,200 students. The school, known as Cumberland College until January 7, 2005, is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Kentucky affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


There to share in Josh's decision were (sitting) his parents, Michael & Melissa Carter, his principal, Garth Garris and his head football coach, Sean Holt.

For most high school football recruits, National signing day begins today, but Elkmont senior Joshua Carter signed his four year academic/football scholarship letter to play for the University of Jamestown on January 29.

The versatile senior played both ways for the Red Devils for the past two seasons at defensive end and tight end. As a senior, Carter registered 43 tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries, including one recovery he returned 80 yards for a touchdown.

Carter was instrumental on special teams, blocking a punt and an extra point during his senior season.  Playing tight end in a run dominated Wing-T offense, Carter had four catches for 72 yards.  Carter helped Elkmont to an 8-3 season and first playoff appearance in three years.

“We visited there last weekend and really like it,” said Michael Carter, Joshua’s father. “They’ve got a guy that just graduated at defensive end they want Joshua to replace. It’s a good fit for him.”

One of the things that drew Joshua to the University of Jamestown football program was how the players and coaches made him feel welcome and that he was already part of the team. He liked the winning history of the program and can't wait to be part of the Jimmie football program.

While at Jamestown he wants to obtain his degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in History, complete an internship with Jamestown Fire and Rescue and further develop his leadership skills.  Congratulations and best wishes for a great career as a Jimmie.

As you can see in the his picture, snow is very common.  The continuous winds of the plains and bone chilling temperatures is something that has to be experienced to be understood.  When asked about the difference in climate, Joshua had this to say about his upcoming adventure in the tundra of North Dakota. "As far as the weather, I am such a hot-natured person. I'm sure it will take some getting used to but I really think I'm looking forward to it."  

A peek at Joshua's upcoming winters. Brrrr!!!!
The University of Jamestown is a private liberal arts college  founded by the Presbyterian Church located in Jamestown, North Dakota.  It has an enrollment of about 1,000 students.  Until August 2013, the school was known as Jamestown College.The city of Jamestown has a population of nearly 15,000. It is 100 miles from North Dakota's capital city, Bismarck, and 100 miles to the east is North Dakota's largest city, Fargo.

The University of Jamestown Football Team is proud to announce the one of the newest additions to the Class of 2015! Joshua Carter is 6' 2" 220 lb. DE/TE from Elkmont, AL!

The University of Jamestown is a member of NAIA and the NSAA (NorthStar Athletic Association).

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Each year the sports programs conduct fundraisers to help support their teams. The football teams as well as soccer teams are selling strawberries  You do love fresh strawberries?   This fundraiser ends, February 9, so get your orders in. Checks need to be made out to: Elkmont High School with Soccer or Football Fundraiser written on the memo line.  

You can place orders with members of the football team, coaches or the front office for yummy, red strawberries just 10 hours away and not from Mexico.  They will be delivered between February 21 and March 6.  It depends when they get ripe.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

Strawberries are $25 per flat (8 quarts) and $15 (4 quarts) per half flat.

Friday, December 26, 2014


The Athens News Courier have released the All County teams. Elkmont is well represented with five players on each team.  The offensive team is in December 25 issue and the defensive team, December 26.  If want a hard copy of the articles, you can get one at the Athens newspaper office.

Running back: Mike Tucker, Elkmont Tucker split carries with no less than four other backs, but still managed to accumulate 823 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries. Elkmont had four backs with at least 450 yards rushing.

Offensive lineman: Eli Vining, Elkmont In the wing-t offense, he was an offensive tackle and a very essential part of a rushing attack that accounted for 2,890 yards of rushing offense and 749 yards through the air.

Honorable Mention:

Eli Hobbs

Travis Riggs

Alexis Hernandez


Defensive line: Kody Clark, Elkmont
Clark, who was one of the team’s top offensive lineman, had 46 and a half tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries, and a blocked PAT.

Linebacker: Jared Bailey, Elkmont 
Bailey was selected to 4A first-team all-state as an athlete after a team-best six interceptions including one for a touchdown to go along with 66 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. On offense, Bailey led the team in receptions and rushing touchdowns.

Honorable Mention:

Jared Smallwood

Drew Thompson

Zeb Pankey
Photos provided by Down Home Portraits

Monday, December 22, 2014


The Decatur Daily has released its 
1A - 4A All Area Team.  It was in today's paper so you can still buy a hard copy for the complete article or to put in your scrapbook.  Congrads to all the Elkmont players whose hard work and success were recognized this year.



OL: Kody Clark, Elkmont, Sr.: As a guard in Elkmont’s Wing-T offense, Clark helped pave the way for 2,890 rushing yards. 

OL: Eli Vining, Elkmont, Sr.: The 6-foot and 285-pound tackles helped pave the way for 2,890 rushing yards.

K: Alexis Hernandez, Elkmont, Sr.: The senior was almost perfect on extra points, making 45 of 46 attempts. He also kicked three field goals from 35 yards or longer, and kicked 30 touchbacks.


DL: Drew Thompson, Elkmont, Sr.: The 6-foot-1 and 300-pound senior was a run-stopper in the middle of Elkmont’s defensive front, accounting for 46.5 tackles and four sacks.

ATH: Jared Bailey, Elkmont, Sr.: The two-way starter rarely left the field. On defense, he accounted for 66 tackles and six interceptions. He also returned kicks and accounted for more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 683 rushing yards.

Honorable mention
Mike Tucker
Special Thanks to Down Home Portraits for the photos.  You can find the 2014 season in pictures under Photos, subsection Albums

Sunday, December 21, 2014


Some football players have knowledge you just can’t coach while others are born with athletic talent before they ever lift a weight. Elkmont’s Jared Bailey exhibits both those qualities and is recognized as one of the top athletes in the state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.  Bailey was named to the Class 4A first team all-state team as an athlete and to the second team as a safety.

“He’s a good athlete, but he also has good football-sense,” said Holt. “He has a lot of that. He’s always worked hard and paid attention, particularly on defense. He had to replace a couple of really good linebackers, Daniel Logan and Cody Martin. He learned along the way and did the best he could.”

“You name it, he did it,” said Holt. “A lot of times, he needed a break, but we needed him too badly on the field. On special teams, you can’t afford to take plays off and he was always out there.”
Bailey was the heartbeat of a team that went 8-3 and finished third in 4A Region 8. The fourth-year starter had 66 tackles, a sack, fumble recovery and six interceptions in Elkmont’s first season competing in 4A.

Bailey started for the Red Devils since ninth grade, playing on defense for the varsity team as far back as eighth grade. For the past two years, Bailey has anchored the defense at middle linebacker.

The 5-10, 195-pound senior lined up at fullback most of the time in Elkmont’s Wing-T offense. Set directly behind the quarterback, Bailey was often the back that carried out misdirection on running plays.

Splitting carries with Mike Tucker, Zeb Pankey and Eli Hobbs, Bailey ran for 683 yards on 101 carries with 11 touchdowns. Bailey also threw three passes on trick plays with two of them going for touchdowns and led the team with 14 catches for 239 yards and a touchdown.
Bailey is the first Elkmont player to receive first team all-state honors since the 2009 Athlete, David Solomon.

*you can buy a hard copy, Dec 20 issue, of this article until next Saturday at the newspaper office in Athens

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Congrats to Elkmont's Eli Vining, the Applebee's Athlete of the Week!
Thanks to everyone who voted to help Elkmont to stand out from the rest again!!!