Friday, September 19, 2014

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ELKMONT TRAVELS TO WEST LIMESTONE


Friday Night is here again and it will be another exciting Red Devils Game.  Our team is traveling to West Limestone this evening.  After a disappointing loss to Wilson last week, Elkmont is looking for their third win and a step up in the regional standings. 

 West Limestone hasn't won a game yet and has struggled all season.  Kickoff is at 7 pm under a beautiful fall sky.  Don't forget to listen to the radio broadcast if you can't make the game.  Link is below.  Visit the radio website today to make sure everything is working before tonight's game.  You don't want to mistake any of your Red Devils.
Go Big Red!!! 



There may be an isolated shower pop up, but most of us will stay dry.  Should be a nice night for football; temperatures will be in the upper 70s at kickoff and the lower 70s as games are finishing


Elkmont at West Limestone

Where: James Kennemer Stadium

What: Class 4A, Region 8 game

Radio: Streaming on WKAC1080.com

Records: Elkmont (2-1, 1-1); West Limestone (0-4, 0-2).

Last meeting: West Limestone won 25-23.

The skinny: These old Limestone County rivals are playing for the 61st time. West Limestone leads the series 42-17-1. … With 16 seniors and eight juniors, Elkmont is enjoying a hot start, with wins against Brooks and Ardmore. … Led by Eli Hobbs, Zeb Pankey, Jordan Nelson and Jared Bailey, Elkmont’s rushing attack has been productive. … West Limestone is averaging 6.75 points per game and has been shut out twice.

The Daily picks: Elkmont 35, West Limestone 10

Class 4A - Region 8
School Wins All Losses All Wins Region Losses Region
Wilson4020
Deshler2120
Brooks2111
Central-Florence2111
Elkmont2111
Rogers2111
East Lawrence0302
West Limestone0402

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE WEST LIMESTONE WILDCATS?


Coach:
Jordan Cantrell (first season)

Offense

West Limestone's basic offensive formation is the Wing-T, but the Wildcats will line up in a variety of formations to highlight their grind-it-out running attack. The big man on the West Limestone offense is tackle Dakota Siniard (6-5, 285, Sr.) who has committed to sign with the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. There's competition at quarterback between seniors Drew Blakely (5-8, 165) and Peyton Boldin (6-0, 175). Despite being limited by injuries last season, Blakely has the most experience. 

A group of young players will be called on to carry the ball. They are Reed Walker (5-7, 150, Soph.), Tanner Walker (5-7, 150, Soph.), Nick Freeman (5-7, 150, Soph.), Chase Lancaster (6-1, 180, Soph.) and Cody Shedd (5-7, 175, Jr.). "They are all a little different," Cantrell said. "We plan to rotate them between fullback and halfback." 

Three other starters return in the line to help Siniard. They are center Brayden Clem (5-9, 200, Jr.), guard Preston Moss (5-9, 240, Sr.) and tackle Matthew Sanders (5-11, 225, Sr.). Competing for the open guard position are Kelton Craig (6-0, 200, Soph.), Jesse Hayes (5-7, 150, Soph.), Cody Smith (5-9, 215, Soph.) and Joseph Willingham (5-7, 170, Jr.). 

Reed Blakenship (6-0, 175, Soph.) is expected to be a big-play maker at receiver. Other receivers are Alex Maples (6-0, 175, Soph.), Chayse Craig (5-10, 165, Sr.) and Cole Smith (5-7, 155, Soph.).

Defense

Seven or eight starters on offense will see playing time on defense in the Wildcats 4-2-5 alignment. "We have some strong defensive linemen returning," Cantrell said. Siniard, Moss and Clem will be in a rotation in the line. The defensive ends are Kelton Craig (6-0, 200, Soph.), Andrew Thornton (6-3, 185, Soph.) and Eli Rogers (5-10, 175, Jr.). Sanders and Chayse Craig are the two inside linebackers. Blankenship returns at free safety. Reed Walker is back at cornerback. Some of the young players will be expected to fill out the rest of defensive backfield.


Extra points

Cantrell takes over for David Arnsparger who was West Limestone's head coach for seven seasons (38-36) with three playoff appearances. Cantrell was one of Arnsparger's assistants for all seven years. He was the offensive coordinator last season. Arnsparger stepped aside to have more time with his family. He is coaching the West Limestone Middle School team.
West Limestone is the 12th largest school in the new Class 4A after the AHSAA reclassification with 356 students. Brooks (370) is the only school in 4A, Region 8 with a larger enrollment. West Limestone stayed in Limestone County with its three out of region games. The Wildcats play Elkmont, East Limestone and Ardmore.
 
The Wildcats have been to the playoffs three out of the last four years. Before that run, West Limestone had only been in the playoffs twice. In 1988, West Limestone went 4-1 in the playoffs with a loss in the 3A state title game to Thomasville.
source: Decatur Daily

Monday, September 15, 2014

ELKMONT MIDGETS SHUT OUT TANNER

 
The Elkmont Midgets started their season off with a win over the Tanner Rattlers.   After missing last week’s game due to weather, the midgets worked together as a team on offense and defense.  

 


The offensive line did extremely well blocking to achieve four touchdowns.  The defensive line were on their toes during the entire game, only allowing Tanner to make two first downs.  The midgets ended the game with a 26-0 victory over the Tanner Rattlers.  


They have been working very hard in practice to accomplish their first win of the season.  They will continue to work hard this week to get ready for the Golden Eagles at 2:40 p.m. this Saturday the 20th.  Go Devils!




Sunday, September 14, 2014

ELKMONT NIPS RATTLERS BY ONE


The Pee Wee Red Devils put one in the win column on Saturday, beating the Tanner Rattlers 13-12. The Red Devils got on the score board with a 60 yard touchdown run by speedster Masin Morris, with Morris also punching the ball over the goal line for the extra point.  Isaiah Sutherland scored the second touchdown on a quarterback keeper, but Benjamin Hanback was stood up at the goal line on the point after attempt.  


Morris was the star on both sides of the ball, but the story of the day was the number of Red Devils who excelled in new positions. Ben "Handsy" Sanders played a great game in his first game as center, allowing Hanback to be used more effectively as a blocker and twice as a running back.  Brody Eckstein was also praised by the coaches in the post-game meeting for stepping up and playing a new position.  Hunter Broadway, in his first start at defensive end, recovered a fumble and spent as much time in the Tanner backfield as the Rattler running backs.  Blake Brown showcased his speed in his move to defensive end, pairing hard hitters Paul Gooch and Josh Burrows as linebackers in what proved to be a nightmare for the Tanner offense.  The Pee Wee Red Devils play the Athens Golden Eagles on September 20 at 10:40 am at Athens Middle School.

 
Everyone loves Elkmont football

Saturday, September 13, 2014

TOO MANY MISTAKES FOR ELKMONT


Penalties proved to be the deal breaker at Boss Hill Stadium Friday night.  Each time Elkmont made a mistake Friday night, Wilson made sure to capitalize on it in their crucial Class 4A, Region 8 game.  The result that in a clash of two early season unbeaten teams, it was the Warriors who emerged with a 33-7 victory at Boss Hill Stadium.  The Warriors are tied for first place in the region standings with Deshler.

 


The teams traded early touchdowns and the game was tied at 7 midway through the second quarter when Wilson began to take control.  Jason Futrell, who rushed for 117 yards on 10 carries, broke the tie with a 36-yard touchdown run. His 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Wilson a 20-7 lead from which Elkmont couldn’t recover.  The Red Devils racked up 112 yards in penalties on the night, 75 of those coming in the second half. Three were for personal fouls in the fourth quarter. One led to an Elkmont player's ejection.

"Elkmont is a big physical team," Wilson coach Scott Brown said. "I'm proud of my guys for holding their composure and playing with a lot of class. That's the type of program we want at Wilson."



Wilson closed out the win with 13 points in a fourth quarter that saw Elkmont assessed for three personal foul penalties, including a player ejection.  Elkmont finished with 112 penalty yards, including 75 in the second half. 


Sources:  Florence Times Daily, Decatur Daily

Friday, September 12, 2014

RED DEVILS TAKE ON WILSON WARRIORS FOR TOP SPOT

The Elkmont Red Devils will be hosting the Wilson Warriors.  A win will send the Hilltop boys to the top of the Region 8 standings.  The field is going to be wet so that might favor the team with the best ground game.

More about Wilson:


“Most of these guys have played a lot of football,” he said. A lot of them played as freshmen, and they took their lumps early. We’re seeing that experience pay off.”  As expected, Jason Futrell has been a workhorse with 266 yards and six touchdowns in three games. Jon Rhodes has contributed 190 yards and two TDs.
 
“Our offensive line has been playing at a high level,” said Brown, whose team plays at unbeaten Elkmont in a key Class 4A, Region 8 game Friday. “We have some older guys mixed in with some younger guys, and it’s worked out well.”


Class 4A - Region 8
School
Wins All
Losses All
Wins Region
Losses Region
Wilson
3
0
1
0
Central-Florence
2
0
1
0
Elkmont
2
0
1
0
Deshler
1
1
1
0
Brooks
1
1
0
1
Rogers
1
1
0
1
East Lawrence
0
2
0
1
West Limestone
0
3
0
1


















Where: Boss Hill Stadium

What: Class 4A, Region 8 game

Records: Wilson (3-0, 1-0), Elkmont (2-0, 1-0)

Last meeting: Wilson beat Elkmont 28-0 in 2013

 
This is one of the few battles of unbeatens in the area this week. Elkmont has wins over Ardmore 49-27 and Brooks 41-35. 

Wilson running back Jason Futrell is the go-to guy for the offense that averages 36.3 points per game. The Warriors finished with 308 yards of offense in last week’s 34-17 win over Rogers. ... Wilson still has room for improvement after four turnovers and 142 penalty yards last week. ... Elkmont rattled off 41 straight points against Brooks before holding on for a 41-35 win. ... Running back Jared Bailey led Elkmont with 83 yards and three touchdowns and will test the Brooks defense. ... Wilson holds the series record at 3-2, including a 28-0 win last year.

The Daily picks: Elkmont 28, Wilson 21


Weather:
Kickoff -  75 degrees; scattered showers. Take a poncho. Umbrellas are not nice to others around you.

The spirit activity this afternoon:
 

5:15  Spirit Walk
Asking everyone to show up and support the Red Devils. Let's cheer them to another WIN!!!  Parking lot between weight room and field house!

General Info:



The Red Devils will be taking the field at Boss Hill Stadium on the Hilltop tonight.  Here is the ticket information that Elkmont fans need to know.

Football tickets will be on sale today at school. Student tickets will be available for a special event price of $3. Adult tickets are $6. All tickets will cost $6 at the gate Friday night.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ELKMONT HAS PEOPLE NOTICING

The Decatur Daily has a column today about the Red Devils and their 2-0 start this season. Evidently people have noticed and are starting to use the "P" word again when Elkmont is talked about.  It's early but even thinking about going to the playoffs again is exciting. Be sure to grab a copy today at the gas station or Pig for the full article.  

Link to article: DECATUR DAILY

Highlights:
Year of the Red Devils.
With Tennessee Valley high school football, this might not be a stretch. Elkmont. Heading into Week 4 of the regular season, the local Red Devils are perfect.  It has been a few years since we could say that. Elkmont has won its first two games for the first time since 2011and have a legitimate shot at stretching the winning streak to three games.

On Friday, as Elkmont stunned Brooks, a perennial Class 4A playoff program, social media was buzzing, with fans from across the Tennessee Valley talking about one of the area's biggest upsets of the season.


Now the fans at Elkmont get to join the postseason discussion. The playoffs aren't a pipe dream, either.  Looking at the schedule, the Red Devils should remain in the postseason hunt through the end of region play. That means lots of big games are on the horizon.  And with those high-stakes games comes the good stuff that makes high school football fun. Stadium enthusiasm should be on the rise. Same goes for campus school spirit.

Outside of Elkmont, a few football fans are scratching their heads.  Elkmont coach Sean Holt has 16 seniors and eight juniors, and he's been high on this group since they were newcomers making their first varsity appearances a few years ago.  And even though Elkmont hasn't enjoyed a winning season since 2011, Holt never viewed his Red Devils as a struggling program. Elkmont was stuck in arguably the toughest Class 3A region in the state, with championship contenders Madison Academy, Deshler, Lauderdale County and Colbert County. The Red Devils usually finished fifth or sixth in that region, but Holt never felt like his team was far off the pace.

Monday, September 8, 2014

BROOKS GAME IN PICTURES

Elkmont caged the Brooks Lions 41- 35 last Friday.  However, the game is always more than the score so the Hill Spirit has the day in pictures.











Special thanks to all those who contributed pictures.  Down Home Portraits has 158 great photos of the Elkmont/Brooks game.  If you are interested in ordering, you can message them on their facebook page.