Friday, October 24, 2014

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - EAST LAWRENCE

The Red Devils are traveling to East Lawrence this evening.  Just one more game left in the regular season schedule after tonight's match up with East Lawrence.  The Eagles have really struggled this year.  They have yet to win a game.  The Red Devils should shine tonight.  Go Big Red!!!



Kickoff at 7 pm
 Temperature: 57 degrees
It should be a cool evening with mainly clear skies. If you are going to the game, you may want to take a coat and some gloves,it will be in the mid 50s by 8 PM.


Elkmont at East Lawrence

Where: Eagle Stadium

What: Class 4A, Region 8 game

Records: Elkmont (6-2, 4-2), East Lawrence (0-8, 0-6)


Last meeting: 
Elkmont won 30-0 in 1981.

The skinny: It’s been a season to remember for Elkmont and a season to forget for East Lawrence. The Red Devils are headed to the playoffs as a third-place team. East Lawrence has scored just 26 points and been shut out five times. … Elkmont rolled up nearly 300 yards rushing in last Friday’s 27-10 win over Rogers. Mike Tucker had 120 of his 124 yards rushing in the first half.


The Daily picks: Elkmont 35, East Lawrence 6

To read about the other games in the area, click on Decatur Daily  

Elkmont is probably going to be #3 in Region 8.  That region matches up with Region 5.  Fayette County plays Cordova today for the region championship.  Elkmont would most likely take a trip to play the loser in the first round.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DID YOU MISS THE COACH'S SHOW?


You can catch up with all the Red Devils Football News as well as Coach Holt's thoughts on today's game.  Archive Show Link


Sunday, October 19, 2014

ELKMONT MIDGETS CORRAL CLEMENTS COLTS

It was a fantastic day for football at Boss Hill Stadium for Elkmont's homecoming. The Elkmont Midgets took the field with their eyes on the prize, a win. 

 
The offensive line mixed it up with a collection of completed passes, hand offs, and great blocking. 


The defensive line held strong with their tackling and being ready for the plays that were coming their way. 


All in all, the midgets had an excellent day and stood together as a team to puta great win. The final score was Elkmont 52, Clements 34. Great Game Guys! 


The Midgets will face Tanner this Saturday at 4:40 p.m. in Athens. Go Devils!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

ELKMONT GLOWS DURING SENIOR NIGHT

Both the Decatur Daily and the Athens News Courier have great articles about the game last night.  It is well worth picking a copy of both of them up.  If the Athens is sold out in Elkmont, you can pick up a copy at the newspaper office until Thursday.

Mike Tucker ran for 124 yards, including 120 in the first half, and Zeb Pankey scored both an offensive and defensive touchdown as Elkmont celebrated Senior Night with a 27-10 Class 4A, Region 8 win over Rogers.  The Red Devils (6-2, 4-2) piled up 292 yards on the ground and held the Pirates to just nine first downs and 149 total yards.

"Our goal every game is to control the line of scrimmage," fourth-year Elkmont head coach Sean Holt said. "I feel like we did that tonight, especially in the first half."
 

The sophomore Pankey got the Red Devils on the board first with a 3-yard touchdown run that capped a 7-play, 78-yard drive. Alexis Hernandez tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0 with 2:26 left in the first quarter. On the next offensive play, Pankey stepped in front of an errant pass from Rogers' quarterback Tristan Dailey and streaked 26 yards down the sidelines to push the lead to 14.
Rogers cut into the lead on its first possession of the second quarter when Bryant Wallace was good on a 47-yard field goal.


It was as close as the Pirates would get, as Hernandez matched field goals with a 34 yarder just before the half to put the Red Devils out front 17-3 at the midway point.
Elkmont extended its lead to 24 points through three quarters on a halfback pass from Jared Bailey to Noah Sharp and a 46-yard field goal from Hernandez.
Freshman Tikeathon Harvey scored on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter for Rogers' only touchdown.


"We've been stressing to them to close out games," Holt said. "We played hard until the end tonight. Our seniors have led us this year and it was a good way for them to out on Senior Night."


It was the first six-win season for Elkmont since 2011 and the Red Devils are set to snap a three-year playoffs drought. Elkmont travels to East Lawrence on Friday.

SOURCE: DECATUR DAILY


ELKMONT – Zeb Pankey scored a rushing touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown to lead Elkmont past Rogers Friday.  Mike Tucker ran 10 times for 114 yards, and the defense didn’t allow a touchdown until late in the game for a 27-10 victory that clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2011.

Sixteen Elkmont seniors were victorious in their final game at Boss Hill Stadium, as the win (Elkmont’s fourth in its last five games overall), along with Deshler’s victory against Brooks, clinched a playoff berth for the Red Devils (6-2, 4-2). Rogers dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in region play.


“It feels good to guarantee ourselves a winning season,” said Elkmont head coach Sean Holt, whose team won a combined five games the last two years. “Rogers is a greedy, hard-nosed football team, and we had to find some plays which worked for us. Our guys played hard, and even though it wasn’t our best performance of the year, it was a good win for senior night. We fought through the emotions which go along with it.”


Elkmont finished with 345 yards of total offense while holding Rogers to 158 yards (79 each half). It would’ve been even more had Eli Hobbs’ 67-yard touchdown run in the beginning of the third quarter not been nullified due to a penalty. It prevented him from being the team’s second 100-yard rusher behind a strong night of blocking from the likes of guards Brent Stovall and Kody Clark, tackles Eli Vining and Travis Riggs, center Hunter Brazeal and tight end Joshua Carter to the tune of 289 rushing yards.


The Red Devils still came through in the clutch with Bailey’s 23-yard halfback touchdown pass to Noah Sharp for all the momentum. Alexis Hernandez’s second field goal, a 47-yarder, pushed the lead to 27-3.

“Our defense did a good job of not giving up the big play,” Holt said. “Our guys played well, tackled hard and executed our game plan. We haven’t played with a lot of leads in the past couple of years, but our guys continue to do a better job of playing with the lead and doing what they can to finish games.”


SOURCE: ATHENS NEWS COURIER

Have to have a picture of the always fun CREW - of course, they were there to cheer on the Red Devils



Friday, October 17, 2014

IT'S SENIOR NIGHT

Elkmont football is having Senior night to recognize our seniors tonight.  This is their last home game for the regular season for the 2014 season. They are playing the Rogers Pirates.   Win or lose, senior night is always a very emotional night at Boss Hill Stadium.  Good luck Red Devils.    

5:30 pm- Elkmont Fans, parents of players, cheerleaders please turn out this afternoon for the Spirit Walk and support our Red Devils!!!

Weather at Kickoff: Clear skies and 65 degrees with slight breeze out of the west. 

 



PREGAME THOUGHTS AND PREDICTIONS:

Decatur Daily:
Rogers at Elkmont
Where: Boss Hill Stadium
What: Class 4A, Region 8 game
Records: Rogers (2-5, 1-4), Elkmont (5-2, 3-2)

Last meeting: Rogers won 29-0 in 2011.
 

The skinny: There’s lot on the line for the Elkmont Red Devils. Beat Rogers and then East Lawrence next week and the Red Devils will have third place in the region. One more wins gives Elkmont its first winning season since 2011.

The Daily picks: Elkmont 35, Rogers 13


FLORENCE TIMES DAILY:
The skinny: 
Rogers quarterback Wes Black threw a pair of touchdown passes in last week’s 52-24 loss to Brooks and will try to help his team knock off Elkmont tonight. ... Elkmont was shut out 34-0 against Deshler last week, but is still averaging 30.3 points per game. ... The Red Devils are in the playoff hunt and could solidify a spot with a win. ... Rogers is averaging 25.1 points per game and allowing 27.9.



Class 4A - Region 8
School
Win
Loss
Wins Region
Losses Region
Deshler
6
1
5
0
Wilson

6
1
4
1
Elkmont
5
2
3
2
Brooks

4
3
3
2
Central
3
4
2
3
Rogers

3
4
2
3
West
2
4
2
3
East Lawrence
0
7
0
5

Elkmont Midgets Beat East Limestone


The air was cool and crisp today in Athens as the Elkmont Midgets took the field to play East Limestone.  The game was close.  The Elkmont Offense kept going play after play looking to score.  The defense was on their toes ready to shut down East. 

 
The game was back and forth with each team eyeing the prize of the win.  In the final minutes of play, the Elkmont Midgets pulled ahead making the final score of the game 20 to 19.  Great Game guys!!!  Go Devils!


Best of luck tomorrow.  Game will be played on the Hilltop tomorrow instead of Athens.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

PLAYER OF THE WEEK - JARED BAILEY

The News Courier normally recognizes one Athens or Limestone County football player each week for their outstanding achievements during the previous. This week, however, there were too many great performances to single out one player.

The News Courier Players of the Week are:
Reed Blankenship, West Limestone.
Chardarius Townsend, Tanner

 
Jared Bailey, Elkmont
Bailey was instrumental in Elkmont’s 31-7 victory Friday over Central. The senior had two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense. On offense, Bailey carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards and caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Nelson just before halftime.
 

ELKMONT WINNING STREAK SNAPPED

Deshler rolled to its sixth straight win Friday with a convincing Class 4A, Region 8 victory over Elkmont. The win keeps the Tigers (6-1, 5-0) on top the region standings. It also stopped Elkmont’s three-game win streak. Elkmont kept pace with No. 10 ranked Deshler for a half, but couldn’t compete with the Tigers depth in the second half during a 34-0 loss Friday.

The Deshler offense broke open a 14-0 game in the second half with three touchdowns, while the defense was holding the Red Devils (5-2, 3-2) in check. In fact, Deshler limited Elkmont to only 153 yards of offense.

A fumble recovery by Nick Aubrey on the Elkmont 10 set up the game’s first score.
With 10:54 left in the half, Deshler scored again to made it 14-0 at the half.
 

The Deshler offense began to start pulling away in the third quarter. Byrd scored on a 4-yard run to push the score to 20-0. With two minutes left in the third, Chris Robinson caught a 25-yard pass from Howard and outran the defense for another touchdown.

Then with just under 10 minutes left in the game, Deshler scored its last touch down of the game and topped it off with a 2-point conversion.


Elkmont falls to 5-2 on the season and 3-2 in region play, but still sit in third place in 4A Region 8 and can make the playoffs with wins over Rogers and East Lawrence in its next two games.

OFFENSIVE LINE PAVING WAY TO SUCCESS

The News Courier has a great article on the team.  If you want a hard copy, you can still get one until Thursday at the office in Athens.


Elkmont’s football team is off to its best start since 2008 entering Friday’s game against No. 10 Deshler. While most of the players on this 5-1 team are the same that were on the team that lost eight games a year ago, there is one glaring difference.
“I think they are a year older and a year stronger,” said Elkmont head coach Sean Holt. “They’ve had another year in our Wing-T system. We’ve added to it and got comfortable with it. The Wing-T is all about hard work. You have to be physical and that’s the way we play.”


A big reason Elkmont is in contention to host an area playoff contest is the running game. Through six games this season, the Red Devils are averaging 285 yards per game on the ground. And, while Elkmont is loaded with talented running backs, look no further than an experienced offensive line for the reason.“It’s made a big difference,” Holt said about having experience. “They’ve all stuck with it. They’ve played the big boys in Region 8 the last few years and that helps.”


Tackles Travis Riggs and Eli Vining, guards Kody Clark and Brent Stovall and center Hunter Brazeal are opening the holes for Elkmont’s running backs. “I feel like we can run over more people this year,” said Vining. “It’s more of a power-based offense, so it’s more on us this year. This is the first year that we’ve studied the offense all year, so we know it really well. I think when we get into a game, once we figure out what we’re going to do, we run them over.”


The flip side is the extra attention opponents are giving to stop the run game.  Fortunately for Elkmont, quarterback Jordan Nelson is taking advantage of those opportunities. Nelson has thrown the ball only 32 times, but has completed 66 percent of his passes, averages 17 yards per completion and has four touchdowns to just one interception. “Teams are stacking the box and we’ve still accomplished what we want to do,” said Holt. “Last week, we threw it six times, but we were effective. The last three weeks, we haven’t thrown it a lot. But we’ve been successful when we have. Jordan Nelson has been really successful through the air.”


Elkmont has four players capable of carrying the load in Elkmont’s Wing-T offense, led by Mike Tucker with 546 yards and five touchdowns. All four backs have at least 250 yards and are averaging at least 5.5 yards per carry. “There is a lot of punishment in how we run the ball,” said Holt. “They can really get beat up so we swap them out. They can all play three positions. We run it to try to keep the other team honest by being able to run either direction with any of the backs. The offense is meant to keep the defense off-balance.”

Elkmont and its talented running game face their toughest task tonight against a Deshler team riding a five-game winning streak, including a 40-20 win over Wilson last week.  “They’re big, fast and deep,” said Holt about Deshler. “Those guys are playing one-way, so they can sub. They can bring in one of their defensive players on offense. They are very deep as far as their roster. That takes a toll.”
 

A win would move Elkmont into a three-way tie with Deshler and Wilson in Class 4A Region 8, while a loss would put the Red Devils in sole possession of third place. “We wanted to make the playoffs,” said Holt about their goals entering the season. “Hosting a playoff game would be a great goal for us now. But to get in the playoffs is the goal. Even if we don’t win (against Deshler), we’re still in good shape.”

Source:  Athens News Courier

Saturday, October 4, 2014

ELKMONT GOES 5 -1


Great win for the Elkmont Red Devils.  Next week against Desler will be a big regional game.  The Florence Times and Decatur Daily both have articles for you scrapbookers.

CENTRAL HEIGHTS — Elkmont took advantage of six Central turnovers en route to a 31-7 victory over the Wildcats on Friday night. Elkmont improved to 3-1 in Class 4A, Region 8 play with a win over Central-Florence.  Central (3-3, 2-2) threw four interceptions and fumbled the ball in the red zone on its first possession.



Elkmont took an early 7-0 lead a 4-yard run by Mike Tucker. The score was set up by the first of the four interceptions.

Central’s lone score came in the second quarter on a 43-yard quarterback run by Patric Langston to tie the score at 7. That, however, would be the only highlight for Central. Elkmont then seized control, reeling off 24 unanswered points to secure the win.


Elkmont (5-1, 3-1) finished with 365 total yards. Quarterback Jordan Nelson made the most of his four completions, throwing for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson hit receivers Eli Hobbs and Jared Bailey for touchdowns of 59 and 51 yards as the Red Devils took a 21-7 lead into halftime.

Elkmont held Central to 242 total yards. The Red Devils were able to consistently put pressure on Langston, leading to the four interceptions.


Elkmont coach Sean Holt gave most of the credit for the win to the defensive line.

“Our defensive line did a great job,” said Holt. “Drew Thompson, John John Williams, Kody Clark and Brent Stovall did a great job.”

Elkmont kicker Alexis Hernandez hit a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to push the lead to 24-7. The Red Devils scored again in the fourth quarter after picking off another Central pass. A 20-yard run by Bailey extended Elkmont’s lead to 31-7.

Bailey finished with a game-high 109 yards on 13 carries for Elkmont (5-1), while Nelson completed 4 of 6 pass attempts for 137 yards.
 

Source: Florence Times 
Decatur Daily