Friday, August 28, 2015

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ARDMORE TIGERS?


The Ardmore Tigers are ready for a fresh start with two talented freshmen in Noah Barnett (quarterback) and Saul Rodriguez (kicker). Both are expected to see action immediately.

The pressure is on these two to carry the load in Class 5A, Region 8 play.
Offense and special teams goals are to protect these youngsters so they can make plays. This is essential for protecting the new 5-9, 160 pound quarterback.  
Offense

Although the Tigers will feature youth on the field for the season opener, Legg trusts his veteran protection for the Tigers’ pro-style offense. Returning to the lineup are three senior offensive linemen and a senior fullback. Leading the team’s offensive line is senior left tackle Garrett Hogan (6-1, 290).


“Our goal is to protect him so he feels comfortable on the field,” Hogan said. “Off the field, I know the pressure of being a freshman and starting, so I know what they are going through.”

Defense


Can the Tigers improve on defense? Last year, Ardmore averaged scoring nearly 28 points a game but allowed an average of 40 points a game. Ardmore’s 4-3 defense has had trouble in the past, but this year Legg’s plan is to hide.

“Hiding the coverage of the defense is very important,” he said. “That’s one of the aspects of the game we lacked, but we plan on doing better.” The defense is returning five starters, and weight room work should help the defense, too, Legg said.

Extra points


The biggest impact newcomer to the Tigers’ roster could be Rodriguez.

“It’s the first time since I’ve been here we’ve had a consistent kicker,” Legg said. “He relieves some of the pressure from the offense, because we can now kick field goals in tight possessions.”


Quick hits



  • Senior left tackle Hogan benches 415 pounds and carries a 4.0 grade-point average. In his final year, he is excited to face rival Elkmont in the season opener Aug 28.
  • The Tigers lead the Red Devils 42-27 in the overall series.
source: Decatur Daily 
 
Roster:

 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

READY TO RUMBLE?

Ardmore comes to town tomorrow night to square off against our Red Devils This is a much anticipated game each year.  This annual county rival game is hard hitting and hotly contested.  Kick off: 7 pm

 

Fearless Prediction 

Elkmont 27, Ardmore 19

 

Preview: While the coaches are mostly the same, the players will be different in this annual county rivalry. No two teams lost more graduating seniors from a year ago than these two and both will find out a lot about themselves after Friday’s opener. Elkmont scored seven touchdowns and only had to throw the ball once a year ago while Ardmore matched them score for score most of the game. Look for fewer points this time.  

source: Athens News Courier
 

Decatur Daily Prediction

Where: Boss Hill Stadium

Radio: AM-1110

Last meeting: Elkmont won 49-27

The skinny: Ardmore holds a 42-27 lead in this series, which started in 1935. … Coach Sean Holt’s Elkmont Red Devils went 8-3 last season in Class 4A, Region 8 and made the playoffs. … Coach Clint Legg’s Ardmore Tigers were 2-8 last season in Class 5A, Region 8. … Eli Hobbs and Zeb Pankey are key players for Elkmont. They both start at running back and linebacker. … Jordan Nelson returns at quarterback for the Red Devils. … Ardmore is going with freshman Noah Barnett at quarterback. Senior lineman Garrett Hogan leads the offensive line.
source: Decatur Daily

GAME INFORMATION



  • The game will be broadcast on WSLV 1110 AM ; additional link to wslvradio.com  
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  • *Tailgating beginning at 5 PM. We will have a grill on hand, but please bring your own food to grill. 
  •  Spirit Walk Friday at 5:30
  • Weather -upper 70s, clear with a few clouds at kickoff


To help you get ready for tomorrow, here is the video from the 2011 game. Click on video title below to get to the game.
 
2011 Elkmont vs Ardmore 


Helpful hints:
SEATS WILL DISAPPEAR FAST TOMORROW. DON'T GET THERE LATER THAN 6:15 IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A SEAT.
Park in the youth field parking lot or softball parking lot. Parking at the main school parking lot will be a nightmare by 6:15.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ELKMONT RED DEVILS?



OVERVIEW

Elkmont is experiencing its best decade of football teams in the program’s 93-year history. Even with former NFL players like Michael Boley playing in the late 1990s, Elkmont did not win its first playoff game until 2008.  Since then, the Red Devils have won first-round playoff games in 2009 and 2011.

To do that in this rebuilding year, a lot of players with little experience will have to grow up in a hurry. The Red Devils lost 16 players from last year's  team (8-3).  This season’s roster is dominated by 26 sophomores and freshmen. There are 12 seniors, but only six played last year. There are just seven juniors.


OFFENSE


Jordan Nelson (6-1, 160, Sr.) is the answer at quarterback in the Red Devils’ Wing-T attack, which rushed for 2,890 yards last season. The three-year starter passed for five touchdowns and rushed for four. This year the Red Devils could shift to a more pass-happy attack.


Two of the top four running backs from last season return. They are Eli Hobbs (5-11, 185, Sr.) and Zeb Pankey (5-9, 170, Jr.). Last season, Hobbs rushed for 449 yards and five touchdowns. Pankey rushed for 499 yards and seven touchdowns.

The lone returning starter in the line is Travis Riggs (6-1, 250, Sr.). He’s moving from tackle to guard. The other returning starter on offense is receiver Noah Sharp (5-9, 150, Jr.). He caught 11 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns.

Joining Hobbs and Pankey in the running back rotation will be Connor Norman (5-8, 140, Jr.).

Help in the offensive line could come from Ethan Williams (5-8, 230, Sr.) and Hunter Coffman (5-10, 235, Sr.). Williams missed most of last season because of shoulder surgery. Coffman is returning to the team after not playing the last two seasons.

DEFENSE


While a lot of schools in the area have gone to the three-man defensive line, Elkmont is sticking with its 4-4 alignment. Holt likes his defense to be physical, especially up front.


Adrian Walker (5-10, 270, Sr.) anchors the line with Riggs, Williams and Coffman seeing time there, too. Hobbs and Pankey are the linebackers. Aron Moss (5-11, 155, Sr.) steps in at safety. Norman and Sharp will start in the defensive backfield. Showing promise in the secondary are Grant Murphy and Hunter Pittman.


“Defensively, it’s all new faces,” said Holt. “Even if they’ve played some, they are playing in a position where they hadn’t played before.”
Expect Nelson to see playing time there on crucial plays. Last season, Pankey had 52 tackles and two interceptions.  Hobbs had 35 tackles and one interception. They each returned one interception for a touchdown.

COACHES
Most of the coaches from last year have moved to different opportunities leaving Head Coach Sean Holt with new assistant coaches.  We may see some new wrinkles added to the Elkmont football program as their ideas are folded into the playbook.
Assistant Coach: Brad Brazeal
Assistant Coach; Josh Andrews
Assistant Coach: Dustin Pounders
Assistant Coach: Zach Standridge



After opening up the season at home against rivals Ardmore on Aug. 28, Elkmont travels to region favorites Brooks and Wilson over the next two weeks. A Sept. 18 home game against West Limestone could be the difference in making the playoffs or not.

Class 4A, Region 8: This might be the most balanced region in the state in any classification. Deshler, last year’s region champion, made it all the way to the championship game before losing to powerhouse Leeds. The Tigers have a new coach and must replace 19 starters.

Runner-up Wilson lost several key performers, but coach Scott Brown has built the program nicely and should be able to overcome those losses. Brooks looks to bounce back from a 5-5 season with longtime assistant Brad Black assuming head coaching duties.

Rogers (3-7) has been building back to respectability under coach Randal Martin and should be in the mix to claim a playoff berth for the first time since 2012. Central returns only five starters from a 5-6 season, while Elkmont, West Limestone and East Lawrence were a combined 6-24. Among those three, West Limestone is in the best position to challenge for a playoff berth.

Projected playoff teams: Brooks (region champ), Deshler, Wilson, Rogers
 

2015  Red Devils Schedule:
08/28  @ 07:00 pm Ardmore High School  @ Elkmont

09/04  @ 07:00 pm Brooks High School     @ Brooks
 
09/11  @ 07:00 pm Wilson High School     @ Wilson

09/18  @ 07:00 pm West Limestone High    @ Elkmont

 09/25 @ 07:00 am  New Hope High School @ New Hope

10/02 @ 07:00 pm  Central High School      @ Elkmont

10/9   @ 07:00 pm  Deshler High School      @Deshler

10/16 @ 07:00 pm  Rogers @ Rogers

10/23 @ 07:00 pm  East Lawrence County @ Elkmont

10/30 @ 07:00 pm  Clements High School  @ Elkmont
Senior Night 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ELI HOBBS IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Eli Hobbs suffered a separated shoulder playing football for the Red Devils last season.

The senior running back/linebacker said the most painful thing he experienced last season was watching his teammates play two games without him while he recovered.


“I got to be the towel guy on the sidelines,” Hobbs said. “I would wave it to get our fans fired up. I hated it. I needed to be playing in the game.”

Elkmont won both games (49-13 over West Limestone and 35-14 over New Hope), but Hobbs was determined not to miss another game. After talking with his doctor and coaches, it was decided that he could play as long as he could handle the pain.


Hobbs (5-foot-11, 185-pounds) helped the Red Devils to an 8-2 record and spot in the Class 4A state playoffs.  “That’s just the kind of kid he is,” Elkmont coach Sean Holt said. “He’s always got to be doing something. He’s not for standing around wastingtime. We can’t get him off the field. He’s in on everything we do on offense, defense and special teams. “If he’s not playing football, basketball or baseball, he’s working or doing something outside. You won’t catch him inside killing time playing video games.”


The trip to the playoffs was Elkmont’s first since 2011. The Red Devils set a school record with 344 points using the run-oriented Wing-T attack.

Four running backs split the rushing yards. Hobbs had 449 and five touchdowns. Three touchdowns came against rival Ardmore.  Hobbs and Zeb Pankey, the other returning back, could get more of the rushing load this season. The two will also start on defense as linebackers.


‘Got to love contact’


“If you are going to play football, you got to love contact,” Hobbs said. “That’s the way we play it here. It’s smash-mouth football. On offense or defense, I’m always looking to hit somebody. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”


Hobbs said he first hurt the shoulder early in the season when took a hit while running with the ball.  “I got hit on one side and fell right on the shoulder,” Hobbs said. “It hurt, but I could still play. It didn’t get any better and I had to say something to the trainer.”  For a guy who loves contact, complaining about pain just doesn’t seem right to him. More than once he’s been sidelined during a game by a concussion.  “They take my helmet and shoulder pads so I don’t try to get back in."

Favorite play: A block


Hobbs’ favorite play from last year was all about contact and it was not on a run or tackle by him.

“It was a block against Central,” Hobbs said. “It was a swing pass to Jared Bailey. I peeled back and took two of their guys out of the play. Jared went all the way for a touchdown. I’ll always remember that play.”

“People out here love Red Devil football,” Hobbs said. “When we started winning games, our student section got behind us big time. It really helped the team in some close games. I can’t wait to experience that again this year.”
Source: Decatur Daily

Monday, August 24, 2015

PRESEASON PREVIEW FROM THE DECATUR DAILY

The Decatur Daily has published two articles about Elkmont in the last few weeks, a player spotlight and a team.  It talks about both sides of the ball in a rebuilding season for the Red Devils. 


Article Overview:

A year ago the Elkmont Red Devils were a team with 16 seniors full of experience and high expectations. The Red Devils won eight games, made the playoffs out of Class 4A, Region 8 and set a school scoring record with 344 points.
“Last year’s success created a lot of excitement in the community,” Holt said. “It gave the kids a lot of confidence in our system. They found out that winning a lot of games can be fun.”
 

This season’s roster is dominated by 26 sophomores and freshmen. There are 12 seniors, but only six played last year. There are just seven juniors. We had answers for every position,” Holt said. “This year we have a lot of questions to answer with untested people. The answers will decide what kind of season we have.”


COMPLETE ARTICLE LINK 

ELI HOBBS ARTICLE

RESERVED SEATS AVAILABLE

Elkmont Football Reserved Seats are on sale for the 2015 season. Seats are 20.00 each. If you would like to renew your seats for this season, please message Heather Hobbs or contact Katherine Pankey at katherine.pankey@lcsk12.org
We will be available at the Steak and Weenie game on August 14 and any time prior to the first game. If you have not renewed or contacted Katherine or Heather prior to the first game, your seats will be up for someone else to purchase.

Link: KATHERINE PANKEY FACEBOOK PAGE
Link: HEATHER HOBBS FACEBOOK PAGE

Sunday, August 23, 2015

COMMUNITY PEP RALLY THIS THURSDAY

Ok, all you Elkmont Red Devil Football Fans....you know we have a BIG GAME this week. We are going to have a Community Pep Rally at Boss Hill Stadium, Thursday evening at 6 pm.  We want to see that place packed with Loud and Proud Red Devil Fans!! Please spread the word and share this post. Come join us as we make lots of noise on the Hilltop and we cheer our football team to a great victory Friday night! Go Red Devils!!! Beat Ardmore!!!!!
Elkmont Cheerleaders

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADER SIGNUPS


It's summertime and that means that football is just around the corner. Football and cheerleader signups for the fall youth season start later this month. The earlier you register your child the cheaper it is so don't delay.

2015 SEASON INFORMATION:
COACHES MEETING June 14th at 3pm, Limestone County Water Authority on HWY 72W. All who plan to coach MUST be in attendance!!!!

Age Groups:
*MICRO MINI 5- 6 (NO WEIGHT LIMIT)
*MINI MIDGET 7- 8  (NO WEIGHT LIMIT) 
*MIDGET 9 - 10 (NO WEIGHT LIMIT)
*PEEWEE 11-12 (NO WEIGHT LIMIT) 
*13 AND UNDER 
(WEIGHT UNDER 155 POUNDS DURING SEASON) 

Registration location will be at the Limestone County Water Authority Building on Hwy 72W from 9am until 2pm
 (BE SURE TO BRING COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE)


*June 20th and 27th Early Sign Up Fee is $65.00
*July 11th, 18th, and 25th Sign Up Fee is $75.00
*August 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd Sign Up Fee is $75.00

Important Dates:
Conditioning starts no earlier than July 6th
Helmet ONLY practice starts no earlier than August 3rd
FULL PAD practice starts no earlier than August 10th
Jamboree will be August 29th
First Game will be September 12th



ELKMONT PARENT INFORMATION:
Attention parents of children 4-13 years of age: If your child is interested in playing football or cheering for Elkmont Youth League, there will be a meeting at the Elkmont baseball field concession stand on June 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm. The purpose for the meeting is to see about how many children will be participating this year, discuss sign-up dates, and to inform you of new changes starting this year. If you are able to, please make plans to be there. Thank You!

GET YOUR FOOTBALL PROGRAM AD


It is time again for the Elkmont Football Program to be put on the drawing board for the 2015 season. The program is always well done and a keepsake to remember the season.  The Elkmont Quarterback Club is in the process of preparing the football program for the upcoming year. 

Here is your opportunity to congratulate an athlete, band member, cheerleader, cross country, volleyball player, senior, or group, etc., by placing an ad in their honor.  You may include a picture of the honoree with your ad.  There have been some great photo shoot pages over the years.  If you would like to place an ad for your student athlete or band member,  please contact Heather Hobbs @ 256-777-7127 or hhobbs@ardmore.net. Students ad prices are 40.00 1/4 page, 80.00 half page and 100.00 for full page.in the 2015 program
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

LET THE GAMES BEGIN - APPLEBEE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

The community of Elkmont had a great time with this contest last year.  Almost all of our candidates won the weekly Applebee Athlete of the Week.  This contest been renewed for another school year so get those electronic voting machines warmed up.  Cast your vote below for the Applebee's Neighborhood Athlete of the Week! The winner will be announced on Saturday's Tailgate Talk and picks up a gift card from Applebee's! 
Last day to vote is August 21.
Link for voting: Brianna Barnett