Saturday, August 30, 2014


Preparation for the tiger hunt  yesterday started out early as Elkmont and Ardmore students exchanged gifts of affection at the high schools.  Ardmore wins the first round this year.  Hill Spirit loves the excitement and fun that comes with the annual Elkmont/Ardmore season opener.

After the morning fun, came the Elkmont Pep Rally at the end of the school day.  Everyone gets into the pregame spirit.

However, the best part of the day is when Elkmont brings home a Tiger tied up in a bow, a big bow!!

Great action shots by Down Home Portraits - 253 of them.  Click on link to see them and then message Down Home if you would like to order some prints.  Hill Spirit wishes Robby had been around when the younger Hill Spirits were playing. Love his work.


Grab a Decatur Daily today.  It has an article on the game for you scrapbookers.


Eli Hobbs and Michael Tucker combined for 276 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries as Elkmont opened the 2014 season with a win over Class 5A Ardmore.

The teams exchanged rushing touchdowns in the first half, with Hobbs staking Elkmont to an early lead with a 20-yard scoring run midway through the first quarter. Ardmore tied the game early in the second when quarterback Garrett Miller scored from four yards out.

Tucker scored on a 22-yard run less than a minute later and Miller tied the game again with two minutes to play in the half with a 21-yard run.

Jared Bailey pushed Elkmont out front on a 3-yard scoring run with less than minute left in the half and the Red Devils seized control of the game when Jordan Nelson scored from a yard out on the first drive of the second half.

Miller's third touchdown run of the game cut into Elkmont's lead with 5:31 left in the third before Zeb Pankey pushed the lead back to two touchdowns with a 16-yard rushing touchdown with three minutes left in the quarter.

Ricky Lowery gave Ardmore hope late with a 1-yard touchdown run with just over seven minutes top play before Elkmont put the game away with rushing touchdowns from Hobbs and Bailey in the game's final five minutes.

Hobbs finished with a game-high 151 yards on six carries, while Tucker added 125 yards on nine carries. The Red Devils finished with 383 yards and seven touchdowns on 35 carries.

The Athens News Courier also has an article with pictures that makes today's issue worth picking up at the gas station and the Pig.


Ardmore knew what was coming and the Tigers still couldn’t stop it. Elkmont ran the ball over and over again, throwing just two passes in its 49-27 victory Friday.

“We’ve been working on the Wing-T for a year,” Elkmont head coach Sean Holt said about his team’s offseason preparation. “Our offensive line are in their third year in the system, the backs are all older. We’ve worked all summer on becoming a physical team and it paid off tonight.”

Ardmore had no answer for the rushing trio of

Mike Tucker, Eli Hobbs and Zeb Pankey. The Elkmont trio broke tackle after tackle and combined to ground out 363 yards in the season opener.
“I give all the credit to my offensive line,” said Pankey, who had seven carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. “This win was all about redemption. This is a new year.”

Friday, August 29, 2014


Preparing for the upcoming season, Clint Legg had to spend a little extra time getting to know some of Ardmore High's opponents.  The Tigers are heading into a new horizon, moving up to Class 5A for the first time in program history.
Because of Alabama High School Athletic Association realignment, Ardmore's new home is Class 5A, Region 8.  "So, the teams we're playing are going to be a little bit new," Legg said. "Some of the teams we've played before. Some of them we haven't. But what I do know is there are several teams that expect to be competing for playoff spots."
Ardmore is one of the teams expecting to be in contention. The Tigers return several key starters from a Class 4A playoff team, including a veteran offensive line with lots of starts on its resume.



Even though Ardmore moved up in classification, Legg isn't changing his team's identity, adopting any of the trendy spread offensive schemes that are typical in large-school football. "That's not who I am, and that's not who this team is," Legg said. "We're a power football team. We're going to run the football and try to run the clock. That's who we are."
Ardmore's personnel fits the mold.

Three years ago, Ardmore made a long-term investment by starting a group of freshmen offensive linemen. Now those players are juniors who are a little bit bigger, stronger and seasoned with experience.  "And a lot of our success rests on their shoulders," Legg said. "For us to be successful, we have to win the line-of-scrimmage. That's the backbone of our team."

Like last season, Legg expects to use multiple running backs, led by Rickey Lowery.  Even though the running game is a prominent piece of Ardmore's offense, the Tigers return a four-year starter at quarterback in Garrett Miller. As a junior, he passed for more than 1,000 yards. Ardmore also returns a potential big-play receiver in Dominic Clemons — a 6-foot-1 and 190-pound senior. "A lot of us here have played a whole lot of varsity football," Miller said. "Making the step up (to Class 5A) is going to be challenging, but I think we're up for it."



With seven starters returning, Ardmore expects to make improvement on defense.  Last season, the Tigers gave up 30.7 points per game, which aided a four-game losing skid to end the season.  "We didn't do a very good job of stopping people, especially in the second half of the season," Legg said. "If we don't get better, play more physical and have that competitive instinct, then we're not going to take that next step."


Extra points

Since taking over as Ardmore's football coach last year, Legg has taken an outside-the-box approach to the offseason, scheduling one event that is supposed to be fun while challenging student-athletes to think about big-picture life lessons."
This summer, Legg's teaching platform was a group of U.S. Marines, who not only spoke to the team, but also helped the team with some strength and conditioning work.

"The idea was to help our guys get a little tougher, both mentally and physically," Legg said. "And at the same time, our guys got a valuable lesson in just how fortunate they are to have the things they're blessed with, and why it's important to take pride in that fact."  Don't be surprised if Miller passes for 12 or more touchdowns.


Quick hits

  • Ardmore is trying for its third straight winning season. That hasn't happened since the early 1980s.
  • Because of reclassification, an old rival returns to the schedule. Ardmore is playing East Limestone for the first time since 2009.
  • During the first half of the season, Ardmore is spending a lot of time away from Cooper Field. The Tigers only have two home games before Oct. 10, including three straight road trips to Russellville, Clements and Pope John Paul II.
  • The Tigers return seven starters on each side of the ball.
source: Decatur Daily 

Decatur Daily Prediction:
Elkmont at Ardmore
Where: Cooper Field
What: Non-region game
Records: Elkmont (0-0); Ardmore (0-0)

Last meeting: Ardmore won 25-14 in 2013.
The skinny: Ardmore and Elkmont are renewing a longstanding Limestone County rivalry. Ardmore leads the series 41-26. … With a big, veteran offensive line, a four-year starter at quarterback in Garrett Miller and a veteran power running back in Rickey Lowrey, Ardmore enters its first season in Class 5A with postseason aspirations. … Clint Legg is heading into his second season as Ardmore’s head football coach. … Elkmont returns several key skill players in its wing-T offense. Zeb Pankey, Jared Bailey, Jordan Nelson and Eli Hobbs combined last season for more than 2,000 rushing yards.

The Daily picks: Ardmore 21, Elkmont 14

Ardmore Tigers 2014 Roster

Ayala-Cardona, Armando  WR CB 5' 7" 148 9th
Barnett, Noah  QB S 5' 9" 150 8th
Carter, Curtis (Levi)  OL DL 5' 9" 234 11th
Clemons, Dominic  WR S 6' 2" 188 12th
Clemons, Zachary  WR S 6' 0" 178 10th
Cooper, Tobi  OL DL 5' 10" 287 10th
Coulter, Tristan  FB LB 5' 9" 145 9th
Davis, Charles (Adam)  OL DL 5' 10" 176 12th
Douthit, Joe  RB S 5' 9" 151 8th
Edwards, Braydon  RB LB 5' 9" 160 11th
Eubanks, Joseph  FB DL 6' 0" 243 10th
Fox, William (Cody)  RB LB 5' 8" 178 11th
Free, Zachery  TE LB 6' 1" 176 11th
Goldsmith, Carson  OL DL 5' 8" 204 8th
Graham, Mason  OL DL 6' 0" 254 9th
Hall, James (Dylan)  TE DL 5' 9" 160 8th
Hemphill, Johnnie (Dwayne)  OL DL 6' 2" 180 9th
Hogan, Garrett  OL DL 6' 0" 280 11th
Holland, Garrett  RB LB 5' 6" 143 9th
Hughes, Christopher (Austin)  OL DL 6' 0" 182 10th
Johnson, Casey  WR LB 5' 8" 159 11th
Jones, Austin  TE DL 6' 1" 188 9th
Kearns, Jordan  WR S 5' 9" 148 11th
Kellum, James  WR CB 5' 8" 155 12th
Kuespert, Stanley (Jordan)  OL DL 5' 10" 194 10th
Kuncho, Kodee  OL DL 6' 2" 281 11th
Lay, Phillip (Chase)  RB LB 5' 10" 152 8th
Lewis, Derrick  TE LB 6' 1" 180 10th
Lowery, Ricky  RB LB 5' 9" 221 12th
Magnusson, Benjamin (Ben)  TE DE 5' 11" 238 11th
Meloon, Joshua  RB CB 5' 9" 157 11th
Potter, Robert (Keegan)  WR CB 5' 7" 139 10th
Pugh, Austin  RB CB 5' 7" 147 10th
Repasky, Matthew (Hunter)  OL DL 6' 1" 294 12th
Roberts, Nicolos  OL DL 5' 6" 183 10th
Schrimsher, Tyler  RB S 5' 9" 150 8th
Scott, Thomas (Kyle)  OL DL 5' 10" 184 9th
Smith, Logan  OL DL 5' 7" 208 9th
Smith, Michael  FB LB 5' 10" 145 10th
Stafford, Tylor  FB LB 5' 9" 187 12th
Teeples, Joseph (Barrett)  WR QB 5' 8" 158 10th
Welling, Christopher  FB LB 5' 11" 237 12th
West, Jacob  OL DL 5' 10" 187 11th
Whyel, Adam JR OL DL 5' 10" 248 9th
Winton, Austin  TE 5' 8" 160 9th

Thursday, August 28, 2014


The Elkmont Alabama Blog is proud to introduce the 2014 Middle School Elkmont Red Devils cheerleaders.  These lovely ladies have been practicing all summer and are looking forward to cheering for our Middle School teams.  Elkmont Middle School football season starts, September 2.  The Red Devils will be traveling to Tanner.

Back row:
Magan Smith, Gracey Norman, Abby Curnutt, Cassidy Ridgeway, Layla Norton, Aubrie Harwell, Claudia Allen

Front row:
Madison Pepper, Maddie Thompson, Gracie Turner, Kiley Miller, Maddie Hewett


Ten miles. That is about how much distance separates the campuses at Ardmore High and Elkmont.  Being that close means there are few strangers in the two communities. A few of the football players are related. Lots of them are friends.

And when the two schools lineup for the 69th kickoff, one of Limestone County’s oldest rivalries, as usual, emotions will run high.   Elkmont travels to Ardmore tomorrow, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The rivals have been playing football since 1936, with Ardmore owning a 42-26 series lead, according to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society’s website.  Elkmont lost 24 straight from 1939 to 1973( did not play in the 40's and 1954).

Each year we look forward to this game.  This is always one of our biggest games.  The stands will be packed. Almost everyone from both communities will be there. The atmosphere will be electric — what high school football is all about.

The game will be broadcast on WSLV 1110 AM  or  click on link to 

To help you get ready for Friday night, here is the video from the 2011 game. Click on video title below to get to the game.

2011 Elkmont vs Ardmore 


It's time for some Friday Night Football!'s actually time for Mr. Electric's Game of the Week, PLUS Friday Night Football!  Each Friday night, we're teaming with WAFF 48 and to bring some pre-game fun to an area high school.  Catch a limited edition football and win prizes  with WAFF 48, Today's Lite 96.9 and Mr. Electric...where they have the POWER to make things better! 

And, with the flip of the's Elkmont taking on Ardmore this Friday, August 29!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Some fantastic action shots by Down Home Portraits; visit their site to order some of your favorite player or cheerleader.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Mother Nature stole the show at the 2014 Youth Football Jamboree.  Battling a heat index of 105, the Pee Wee Red Devils never found their groove in their first game against East Limestone, falling 13-0 to a bigger and faster team. 

Just prior to the Red Devils'  kickoff against the Clements Colts, the bottom fell out and Mother Nature put on a fabulous lightning show that resulted in the rest of the Jamboree games being cancelled due to weather.  The Youth Football regular season opens on September 6 at Athens Middle School - hopefully to cooler fall weather.

Friday, August 22, 2014


It's time to order your Elkmont football shirt.  All shirts are dry-fit loose material.  They are dark grey with red and white writing.  They will be just like the spirit pack shirts the players have.  There will be no numbers on the back.  All orders need to be pre-paid.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Our high school varsity Red Devils football teams are hard at work getting ready for their opening game vs Ardmore, August 29.  Our youth football program is up and running as well.  They will be playing this weekend in the Jamboree.  Wish them the best of luck this Saturday.