With the loss of 15 seniors to graduation, including a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, Elkins will have plenty of new faces in the lineup once fall preseason camp begins.
But over the next couple of weeks, the Tigers will get a chance to take part in supervised summer workouts before August rolls around.
With last year’s leading rushers L.J. Lawrence and Clayton Collett, who combined for nearly 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, departed, along with versatile Nick Martin, Elkins’ offense will be revamped in 2013.
The Tigers made the Class AAA state playoffs for the second straight season in 2012, falling to Huntington in the opening round.
Elkins will open the season Aug. 30 at home against Oak Hill.
Buckhannon-Upshur and Philip Barbour, meanwhile, have some holes to fill but return solid units.
The Bucs, who will be under new coach Duane Stoeckle, lost nine seniors to graduation, including quarterback Patrick Crim, receiver Austin Snyder and several offfensive linemen.
B-U will entertain Bridgeport in its first game on Aug. 30.
The Colts lost eight seniors but talented quarterback Dillon Newman and a host of proven receivers are expected back to the fold.
Philip Barbour will travel to Grafton on Aug. 30 to begin the 2013 campaign.
Lewis County must replace 13 seniors off of last year’s team, which upset University in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Running back Caleb Butcher and all-state defensive lineman Wilson Harvey were among the losses.
Lewis County’s season opener will be Aug. 30 at home against University in a playoff rematch.