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Elkins to make long journey to Huntington

November 9, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins will make a three-hour bus trip to the southern part of the state to battle Huntington in first round action of the Class AAA playoffs.

Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Bob Sang Stadium.

"The kids are very excited about playing Huntington," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "I don't think the long trip will affect our kids, because it didn't bother us when we traveled to Oak Hill and Hampshire. So we should be in good shape."

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Elkins High School running back L.J. Lawrence will look to lead the Tigers in opening round action of the Class AAA playoffs tonight.

The Tigers won both of those road contests, defeating Oak Hill 43-36 and Hampshire 57-42.

Elkins (7-3), the No. 13 seed in the tourney, had four days of practice this week after not having that luxury the week before. Due to blizzard-like conditions, the Tigers had just two practices to prepare for their season finale at Lewis County last Friday. Elkins dropped a 27-14 decision in that contest.

"We had a good week of practice," Hott said. "We got some kids healthy and were able to prepare for Huntington."

The Tigers are led by senior tailback L.J. Lawrence, who has rushed for 1,578 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Senior running backs Clayton Collett and Nick Martin are other key players in Elkins' offense.

Collett has rushed for 1,025 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Martin has 660 yards and seven scores on the ground.

"Offensively we just have to do what we been doing all year," Hott said. "Our line has to block and we can't turn the ball over."

No. 4 Huntington (8-2) is led by running back Christian Paden, who has 728 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this season.

Senior quarterback Mark Shaver has ran for 560 yards and six scores. He has also thrown for an additional 632 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 42-of-77 passes.

"They run an offense that we're familiar with," Hott said. "They run a jet series out of the Wing T which we used to run. They also like to mix it up a little, so our defense is going to have to be ready for several different looks."

It will be only the second meeting ever between the two schools. The winner will face either Morgantown or Point Pleasant next weekend.



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