Collins ready for tilt

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final feature on area players selected to the North-South All-Star Football Classic to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charleston’s Laidley Field.

The Elkins High Tigers finished the 2012 regular season with 7-4 mark and advanced into the Class AAA state playoffs.

The Tigers lost 69-32 in the first round to the Highlanders of Huntington High. However, for the first time in school history the football squad made the playoffs two years in a row.

That achievement may not have been possible without a “huge” boost from Devan Collins, a 6-4, 268-pound senior offensive tackle. In addition to his selection to play in the North-South All-Star Classic, Collins was a captain for the Tigers and received first team All-Big 10 Conference honors.

As a team, Elkins had 4,033 rushing yards over 11 games with two individual 1,000-yard rushers.

That doesn’t happen without a very good offensive line, which was anchored by Collins.

“Devan was our best lineman,” Elkins coach Greg Hott said. “He’s a physical, hard-nosed player on the field and a great kid and well mannered off the field.”

Hott was very excited and pleased when hearing of Collins’s invitation, and mentioned he follows Chris Boatwright and Cory Broughton, who both participated in the 2010 contest.

The North-South All-Star Football Classic takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charleston’s Laidley Field. Tickets are $8 at the gate.