FFN Countdown Day 17: Elkins Elks
Coach: Thurman Shaw
2012: 2-8, 2-4
Returning Starters: 5 OFF/4 DEF
Sept. 6 Pea Ridge
Sept. 13 at Lavaca
Sept. 20 at Huntsville
Sept. 27 at Yellville-Summit
Oct. 4 Mountain View
Oct. 11 at Marshall
Oct. 18 Melbourne
Oct. 25 at West Fork
Nov. 1 Greenland
Nov. 8 Green Forest
What’s done is done and what’s in the past is a distant memory. That’s the mindset for Elkins this year as the team turns the page with new head coach Thurman Shaw.
“Shake it off,” said senior safety Trent Bulla. “Shake it off and keep playing.”
“We are going to get somebody this year,” said senior linebacker Aaron Kildow.
“We might not be the biggest dog in the hunt, but we will hunt,” said Shaw.
Shaw takes over at Elkins after spending the last 10 seasons as an assistant at the school. He hopes his philosophy, which is heavy on physicality, will turn things around after a disappointing 2012.
“Two things I told them was to hit someone and then second thing is hit someone,” said Shaw. “We are focusing on those aspects. What can we do physically to give ourselves an advantage.”
With all-league quarterback Mitchell Clark gone to graduation, Triston Ice will be taking the snaps this upcoming season.
“I love our offense that we are doing now,” said Ice. “It’s working really good. We have a really good game plan that we’re going through.”
Elkins is struggling in the numbers department. Only a handful of seniors are returning and they know it’s their job to lead the program in the right direction.
“You can’t slack off,” said Kildow. “You can’t do things the wrong way or they will look at that and be like oh I can do that too. You’ve got to set a good example.”
“I try and put as much pressure on my shoulders as I can,” said Bulla. “I try and lead and help push them in the right direction.”
The Thurman Shaw era begins on Sept. 6 when Elkins faces Pea Ridge.