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Elkins’ offense on a roll

September 7, 2012
EDGAR?KELLEY IN?THE?BOX , The Inter-Mountain

Can Elkins High School's potent offensive attack be stopped? That seems the be the most popular question entering the third week of the prep football season.

After two games, the Tigers' offense has definitely pick up where it left off last season when it racked up 3,464 yards rushing.

After defeating Oak Hill 43-36 in their opener, the Tigers improved to 2-0 last week with a 57-42 win over Hampshire last Friday.

So after scoring 100 points and compiling 773 yards of total offense in two road victories, the a forementioned question was answered by Elkins coach Greg Hott.

"Theoretically yes, our offense can be stopped," Hott said. "A great deal of what we do offensively hinges on our line. If our linemen don't do their jobs, and we turn the ball over, we can be stopped. But so far through the first two games, neither one of those things have happened to us."

And the Tigers Single Wing offensive attack hasn't been a powered by one player alone. In the first game of the season, L.J. Lawrence rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns. In the Hampshire win, it was senior Clayton Collett who made his presence felt, rushing for 123 yards and finding the end zone five times.

"We have several skilled guys that can do many different things, so it make it difficult for our opponents," Hott said. "Teams can typically focus on something in an offense to stop, but with us we have players coming at you from every different direction."

The Tigers are on pace to top last year's record-setting rushing totals for a season, but Hott knows that his team can't always depend on the offense to win games.

"Some time down the road we are going to get in a dogfight and we're need our defense to step up," he said. "Right now on defense we're just reaching instead of tackling, and forgetting some assignments. We have kids out there that know what need to be done, but they're just not doing it. We're hoping to be better on the defensive side of the ball this week."

Most fans will get their first look at the Tigers tonight when rival Buckhannon-Upshur visits Wimer Stadium for Elkins.

And with the Tigers off to their best start since the 1991 season, it would be major disappointment if Elkins fans didn't pack the stands for the Tigers' home opener against their biggest foe.



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