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Tigers to entertain Colts tonight

October 4, 2012
By Andrew Davis - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season when it entertains rival Philip Barbour for a Big 10 Conference contest tonight at Wimer Stadium.

The Tigers (5-1), which dropped a 37-14 decision at the hands of Bridgeport last week, enters the game ranked No. 6 in Class AAA.

The Colts (3-3), meanwhile, are ranked No. 16 in Class AA after dropping a 15-13 non-conference game at Petersburg last Friday.

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Elkins coach Greg Hott knows just what to expect when the two teams take the field for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

"Each and every season, Philip Barbour plays us tough," Hott said. "We're expecting the same from them again this season."

The Tigers will look to get its potent rushing attack going this week after the Indians limited EHS to 197 yards rushing a week ago.

"We're going to have to block better than we did last week," Hott said. "And we can't turn the ball over."

Elkins, which is averaging 404 yards on the ground per contest, is led by L.J. Lawrence, who has 1,019 yards rushing this season. He has scored 12 touchdowns.

Lawrence will be complimented by senior Clayton Collett and Nick Martin. Collett as 550 yards rushing and nine scores, while Martin had 535 and six touchdowns.

"Our running backs have been a little banged up, but I think they're ready to go this week," Hott said.

Philip Barbour is led by running backs Harley Davis and Brody Carpenter.

Davis had 62 yards rushing and a touchdown in last week's loss.

Dual-threat quarterback Dillon Newman will look to lead the Colts' offense. Newman suffered an injury last week and his status for the game is uncertain.

"Coach (Curtis) Bodkins always has a good offensive scheme," Hott said. "Both of their starting running backs (Davis and Carpenter) have performed well this season and will be a big challenge for us."

Elkins rolled to a 50-31 victory over Philip Barbour in Philippi last season.



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