Anyone who follows area high school football knows Elkin had an uncommonly rough football season this fall, finishing with 10 losses and 1 win.
Some of the team’s difficulties could lie in the youth and inexperience of the team, but those problems can be remedied with time. Both coaches and players maintain a positive outlook regarding their performance and preparation for next year.
Elkin High School Head Football Coach Scott Wood commented, “Our goal each day has been to get better and to improve on a daily basis.”
Wood also pointed out a pattern in the play for this season. For instance, in both the Battle of the Bridge and Homecoming games, Elkin played well in the first half but began to struggle in the second.
Wood offered no reasons for that pattern, but did say, “We want to get better in each of those and see improvement on both our offensive and defensive side of football.”
Players Alex Duncan and Beau Burgess feel the plays called by Assistant Coach Cory Rycroft and Coach Wood were good, but the problem could be found in execution. As Duncan commented, “The quality of the play depends on how well our receivers and running backs run the play.”
Sometimes Elkin ran well with a good play, but that was not a consistent action.
Weather also played a role in morale this fall, as the Homecoming dance was postponed for three weeks due to heavy rain. Whether it was morale issues or play execution, players and coaches alike think it is a matter of increased preparation which will make a better season next year.
Burgess admitted all teams would like to win a state championship every year, but as Duncan explained, “We’re trying to do our best and grow and get stronger. Any game we win is a good thing, and any prior defeats helped make us what we are.”
Harry DeCelle is a member of the Elkin High School Journalism Club.