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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Tori Williams, Rachel Adams, Montana Ray   

Callie Wales, Maddie Hobbs, Koribeth Schmidt, & Jayne Anderson  

Chloe Murphy, Olivia Spencer, Madison Scroggins, Hope Hice, Hannah Smith and Leah Seibert (not pictured)


Sean Holt (fourth year, 12-20)

The Red Devils' base offense will be the Wing-T, with two quarterbacks splitting the duties. They are Jared Bailey (5-11, 195, Sr.) and Jordan Nelson (6-1, 155, Jr.). "They both can run our offense and can do some different things," Holt said. "Playing both of them gives us depth at the position and lets us find who has the hot hand in a game." When Nelson is the QB, Bailey lines up as the lone running back behind him. The wingbacks are Mike Tucker (5-11, 186, Sr.) and Zeb Pankey (5-9, 175, Soph.). Eli Hobbs (5-10, 175, Jr.) is the lone wide receiver. Joshua Carter (6-1, 220, Sr.) is the tight end. When Bailey goes to QB, Pankey moves to running back. Hobbs is a wingback, and Nelson is the wide receiver.

Bailey, Tucker, Pankey and Hobbs combined for more than 2,000 yards rushing last season. Two other candidates at wingback are Preston Rouse (5-11, 180, Sr.) and Aron Moss (5-11, 180, Jr.). Colby Holt (5-11, 195, Jr.) could see time at running back.

"We've had a lot of good competition in the weight room and on the practice field," Holt said. Four seniors start in the offensive line. They are center Hunter Brazeal (5-10, 225), guards Brent Stovall (6-0, 225) and Kody Clark (5-11, 235) and tackle Eli Vining (6-1, 285). The other starting tackle is Travis Riggs (6-0, 270, Jr.). Another senior, Jon Jon Williams (6-3, 280), provides depth at tackle and tight end.


Drew Thompson (6-2, 315, Sr.) and Adrian Walker (5-10, 290, Jr.) will be charged with clogging up the middle of the defense. The defensive ends are Carter and Stovall, with Williams helping out. Ethan Wilson (5-7, 240, Jr.) and Austin Moore (5-11, 235, Sr.) provide depth. Bailey and Pankey are the linebackers, with Clark moving around from a linebacker/end position. Holt will be at an outside stopper, along with Jarred Smallwood (6-2, 190, Sr.) and Jacob Anderson (5-10, 165, Sr.). Hobbs is the free safety. Rouse and Kaleb Wallace (6-1, 165, Sr.) man the corner spots. Noah Sharp (5-8, 135, Soph.) provides depth in the backfield.

Extra points
Holt is not excited about Elkmont (292 students) being the sixth-smallest school in Class 4A after the AHSAA reclassification, but there may be a positive. Being 4A for the first time gets the Red Devils out of 3A, Region 8 with the likes of defending state champion Madison Academy, Lauderdale County and Colbert County. Deshler, another power in 3A, made the jump with Elkmont to 4A, Region 8.

Alexis Hernandez (5-11, 175, Sr.) gives the Red Devils a weapon with his kicking leg. He had two 42-yard field goals last season. Holt estimates that half his kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Elkmont will dress about 35 players. Sixteen will be seniors. The last time the Red Devils had a senior class near that size was in 2011. Elkmont went 7-5 and advanced to the playoffs in what was Holt's first season. A junior class of eight gives Elkmont 24 players with lots of experience in a tough region.

Out of region opponents for Elkmont are Ardmore, New Hope and Clements.
David Elwell
Source:  Decatur Daily - Link to Article

Friday, August 15, 2014


The Athens-Limestone Youth Football Jamboree kicks off the 2014 season on August 23, 2014, with the Pee Wee Red Devils playing the East Limestone Indians at 4:00 pm and the Clements Colts at 5:00 pm at the Athens Middle School football stadium. We have a Pee Wee Red Devil Reporter to cover our team and looking forward to reading all about their season. 

Elkmont Pee Wee Roster

Head Coach:             Tony Brown
Assistant Coaches:    Marty Burrows
                                    Keith Hanback
                                    Billy Ray Morris  
Number                       Name 
5                                  Brody Eckstein
7                                  Jake Beddingfield
12                                Isaiah Sutherland
15                                Hunter Broadway
18                                Austin Malley
20                                Blake Brown
21                                Ben Sanders
22                                Paul Gooch
28                                Jedidiah Sutherland
31                                Masin Morris
32                                Colby Murphy
66                                Josh Burrows
75                                Benjamin Hanback
82                                Logan Mitchell



Pee Wee practice is at 6:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at the Elkmont ball fields (Field 2). We have a great group of kids this year.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


There is an oak tree next to the Elkmont football field.  It overlooks the football practice field and has an end zone view of the happenings at Boss Hill Stadium on Friday nights. What the view is going to be like this season is always the talk of the town this time of year. Seniors Mike Tucker and Jared Bailey hope the tree has a view of a program that returns to the success the Red Devils experienced from 2007-'11.
During that five-year period, Elkmont had 33 wins, one region championship and four playoff appearances. Not bad for a school that before that run last visited the playoffs in 1999.  Don Jacobs was the head coach for the first three years of that success. He had the Red Devils in the playoffs all three years before leaving for Oneonta, a perennial power in 4A.  Tucker and Bailey were managers for the Red Devils during Jacobs' tenure. They remember the excitement in the town, at the school and on the field those seasons.

"The stadium would be packed and all anybody wanted to talk about was Red Devil football," Tucker said. "It was exciting." Bailey remembers how he and Tucker would look up in awe to the players and for what they did in bringing a jolt of excitement to the community. "I couldn't wait for my time to come," Bailey said. "Winning football games and making the playoffs was something we all wanted to be a part of."

David Wilson was the head coach the season after Jacobs left. The Red Devils slumped to 4-6.

Sean Holt took over the next season. The Elkmont native was the defensive coordinator under Jacobs. He got the Red Devils back to the playoffs in 2011 and they won a first-round game.

The Red Devils slumped to two wins in 2012 and three wins in 2013, but enthusiasm is high that better days are ahead in 2014. "We've got 16 seniors this season, and we are determined to make our senior season one to remember," Bailey said. "We've worked hard in the off season and this summer."  Numbers are a big part of football. Key numbers for any team are returning starters and seniors. "We have 35 players and that's a good number," Holt said, "but to have 16 seniors who have played a lot is really big. Actually, counting juniors, we have 24 players with experience returning.

"We've taken our lumps the last couple of years. I'm hoping that experience can pay off for us this season with some success."  Taking their lumps is a polite way of describing Class 3A, Region 8, where Elkmont played for the past two seasons. It was dominated by state champion Madison Academy. Colbert County, Lauderdale County and Deshler have been at worst just a step or two behind the Mustangs.  Nobody at Elkmont will use playing in 3A, Region 8 as an excuse for the last two seasons, but it's hard to find anybody complaining about moving up to 4A, Region 8. Brooks, Central Florence, East Lawrence, Rogers, West Limestone, Wilson and Deshler, which also moves up, will be tough competition for the Red Devils, but it won't be suffocating like the last two years.

Bailey and Tucker will be two key players for Elkmont this season. Bailey plays quarterback and running back. Tucker is a wingback. Bailey, Tucker and returning teammates Zeb Pankey and Eli Hobbs combined for over 2,000 rushing last season.

Elkmont played in a spring jamboree that saw the Red Devils lose to defending 2A state champion Tanner 14-10 in one half of play and beat Hubbard 14-0 in a second half.  "Yes, it was just a spring jamboree, but I think that experience gave us a lot of confidence," Holt said. "That may be what we needed more than anything. We've got the players. We just need players that are confident they can make the plays. We need playmakers."
  Contact David Elwell at 256-340-2395 or Follow on Twitter @DD_DavidElwell.

Elkmont football at a glance

League: Class 4A, Region 8

Coach: Sean Holt; fourth season

Last season: Finished 3-7 and missed the 3A state playoffs

Past state titles: None

Past region titles: 1979, 1999, and 2008

Season opener: Aug. 29 at Ardmore

Elkmont schedule

Aug. 29 at Ardmore

Sept. 5 Brooks*

Sept. 12 Wilson*

Sept. 19 at West Limestone*

Sept. 26 New Hope

Oct. 3 at Central Florence*

Oct. 10 Deshler*

Oct. 17 Rogers*

Oct. 24 at East Lawrence*

Oct. 31 at Clements

Sunday, August 10, 2014


The Quarterback Club will be holding a hamburger supper, Friday 15 @ 6 pm.  The 2014 football teams, cheerleader squads and volleyball teams will be introduced.  After the introductions, free hamburgers, chips, drinks and ice cream will be available.  Come watch the Elkmont Red Devils in action during the Steak and Weenie Game.

In lieu of admission, donations of cleaning supplies are welcomed and would be greatly appreciated. (Bleach, laundry detergent, wipes etc)....Come out and show your support for your Elkmont Red Devils!!

Reserve seating for the 2014 football season will be sold.  

*Reserved Seating.... if you have or would like to purchase reserved seating for this season, please see Heather Hobbs. If you would like to mail a check, please do so to 19972 Upper Fort Hampton Road, Elkmont, AL.   Just a reminder that Quarterback Club membership is required to be eligible for reserved seating.

Friday, August 8, 2014


The Quarterback Supper is next week and the
Quarterback Club is busy getting ready for the opening game vs Ardmore.  They are having a meeting this Sunday @ 2 pm in the Elkmont New Gym.  You are invited to come and find out how you can be involved with the Elkmont Red Devil Football program.