ELKINS (KFSM) - Ever wonder what a running back thinks about as he's handed the ball? Colten Vaught of Elkins has some insight.
"You know where all the holes might hit and you know the back cuts. You just see where the backers went, see where the gaps open. Hit the gap and from there you gotta make people miss and get what you can get," Vaught said.
In coach Chad Harbison's first season, a scheme change improved the run game exponentially. "It was a little bit tougher last year than it is this year, that we kind of spread the field out and open it up a little bit, and he's had some places to go," Harbison said.
After five touchdowns last fall, Vaught has exploded for 28 this season: 26 rushing, one receiving and a kickoff return.
"It's all mentality, like you gotta think you're gonna do it before you do. This is far from what I imagined," said Vaught.
"He's grown a lot as a player, as a teammate. He's gotten stronger, faster, his leadership ability has grown tremendously. We block for him the best that we can and he just makes us look good by finding the holes, and he just explodes through them," right guard Ben Hicks said.
The offensive line has been very important in leading Elkins to a split conference title. "They're huge, we have a great group up there. All five of those guys have worked so well together, that Colten has a lot of faith, a lot of trust in them," Harbison said.
"It's hard work, it's not just for me it's for everybody. It's the o-line that's dominating almost every game and helping me out a ton. They don't get enough credit," said Vaught.
Elkins hosts Jessieville on Friday at 7pm, attempting to win their first playoff game since 2006.