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Elkins to clash with Hampshire

Tigers eyeing first 2-0 start since 1991 season

August 31, 2012
By Edgar Kelley - Sports Editor ( , The Inter-Mountain

After making a 2 1/2 hour trek last week for its season opener, Elkins once again hits the road for a lengthy trip today when it travels to Hampshire for a non-conference matchup.

The Tigers, whose ride back from Oak Hill last Friday was made much more enjoyable because of a win, embarks on another two-hour journey this week.

But veteran Elkins coach Greg Hott says his team won't be affected by another long road trip, due mostly in part to the way the Tigers will be traveling.

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"The trip last week wasn't bad at all," Hott said. "We had a charter bus which made the ride comfortable for our players. We're going to use another one (charter bus) this week, so the ride shouldn't affect us at all."

One thing Elkins has to worry about, however, is the Trojans' rushing attack. Denard Hartwell racked up 170 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns in Hampshire's 40-7 win last week at Preston.

Fullback Dalton Clower added 95 yards rushing and a score for the Trojans, who will run out of a Wing-T offense.

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"Hampshire has one of the better teams they've had in a while," Hott said. "They run the Wing-T on offense with a lot of buck sweeps, inside traps and bootleg passes. We ran the Wing-T here in the past, so we know how to prepare for it."

The Tigers' trip to Hampshire will be a homecoming for Hott. The coach lived in the community until he was nine-years-old.

"I remember when I was seven and eight-years-old, I would go and watch Hampshire play," he said. "I still have a lot of family there, and it's kind of special for me to go back. When I'm out on the field coaching, I'll only be five or six miles as a crow flys from the house I grew up in."

Elkins, which is coming off a 43-36 victory over Oak Hill last Friday, will be seeking its first 2-0 start since the 1991 season.

"It would be a big boost for us if we could start the season off with two straight wins," Hott said. "After this week, we only have two more road games the rest of the season, and both of those games are in Fairmont."

The Tigers offense was spearheaded last week by L.J. Lawrence, who ran for 255 yards and four touchdowns.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rannells Field.



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