Tigers look to rebound

After dealing with Oak Hill’s assortment of speedsters on opening night, it doesn’t get any easier for Elkins today against Hampshire at Wimer Field.

“They have tremendous speed just like Oak Hill did,” Tigers head coach Greg Hott said of the Trojans. “They seem to pass the ball a little more this year and have great athletes on both sides of the ball.

“We’re going to have to be ready to play.”

The Tigers defeated the Trojans in a shootout last year by a score of 57-42.

While Elkins is missing a majority of its offense from a year ago, Hampshire returns a strong nucleus from a 2012 squad that just missed the Class AAA playoffs with a 6-4 record.

Senior quarterback Shane Ennis threw for four scores in the Trojans’ 34-14 win over Preston last week.

The Tigers churned out 270 yards rushing last week against the Red Devils but scored just two touchdowns – the first on Mo Kelly’s 91-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and a 33-yard scamper by sophomore Alex Taylor late in regulation.

Kelly finished with 160 yards rushing on the night.

“After looking at the (game) film, the mistakes we made are very correctable,” Hott said.

“We just missed some assignments. Hopefully we’ll have them corrected for Hampshire.”

Senior linebacker Issac Riggleman paced the Tiger defense last week with 11 tackles and one sack, while Ben Lonergan tallied six stops.

Elkins will remain home next Friday to battle Big 10 Conference rival Buckhannon-Upshur.