Friday, August 19, 2011


On a very warm Thursday evening, Elkmont's football team got in some valuable work against East Lawrence at the Eagles' home field.  In the first quarter, there was very little offense by either team.  Late in the quarter, Elkmont sustained a drive inside the East Lawrence 15 yard line.  The drive was fueled by 2 completions from quarterback, Hayden Huseth, to wide receiver, Cole Glass.  East Lawrence picked off a Huseth pass to stop the drive but on their next play dropped the football and Elkmont recovered.  The first quarter ended with no score.

Early in the second quarter, Jose Hernandez kicked a 22 year field goal and Elkmont had a 3-0 lead.  On East Lawrence's next possession, Jared Bailey picked off a pass and Elkmont had the ball in East Lawrence territory again.  Quarterback Hayden Huseth scrambled and found an open Cole Glass at the three yard line.  Glass went up high to make a nice catch.  Skyler Gant then scored on a three yard run.  The PAT was good and Elkmont led 10-0.  Late in the second quarter, East Lawrence had a long drive that ended when they scored on a one yard run.  The half ended with Elkmont ahead 10-7.

In the third quarter, both teams had trouble moving the ball, but the Eagles scored late in the 3rd quarter. They missed the PAT, but led 13-10 at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter had both teams playing their JV squads.  Both teams' younger players scored touchdowns in the last quarter and the final score was East Lawrence 19, Elkmont 16.

Dust devil's thoughts on the game: 

The night was successful for Elkmont in that the team, including many younger players,  got some valuable game experience.  There were no major injuries.  The Red Devils played only their base defense and ran a very limited offensive package.  They still showed a strong kicking game that will win games for them this season.  The defense has some strong tacklers and there are several potential playmakers on the offensive.

On the negative side, Elkmont had trouble stopping the Eagles on third downs and was not able to pressure the quarterback.  A lack of size on both offensive and defensive lines may be a problem and the team appeared to wear down a bit in the heat.

The outlook is very positive for the Red Devils this season.  With Cole Glass, Hayden Huseth, and Skyler Gant, Elkmont has three experienced playmakers that are as good as anyone in the region.  Cody Martin and Daniel Logan are experienced linebackers who hit hard and know their positions.  If Elkmont can overcome their overall lack of size, they can have a very successful year.  I predict they will be prepared after another week of work for the Ardmore Tigers who come to town next Friday, August 26th.  Score: Elkmont  28 - 21 Ardmore. 

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