Can Elkin football turn the season around after the Battle of the Bridge loss? That’s what local football fans would like to know. The Buckin’ Elks are off to a slow start after major losses to Forbush, North Surry, Mount Airy, Surry Central and Starmount.
Most of the troubles are seen as a result of widespread injuries on the team. Coach Scott Wood explained, “Practice has been about players trying to learn new roles to fill in for injured players. Obviously injuries can be a big hindrance at Elkin, and we are working to get some kids back.”
Senior McKinley Cheek said, “The team looks good in practice but needs to pick up speed. Injuries have been a major setback already this season.”
Injuries so far this season have affected key players: Luke Anderson, Samuel “Ezra” Atkinson, Hayden Brooks, McKinley Cheek, Alex Duncan, Colt Henderson, Ryan Russell and Tanner Sturdivant. Although these players have done their best to practice, it has been a hard season.
Every football team would like to make it to the state level and Coach Wood commented, “State Championships are special.” However, Wood refused to jinx his chances of future wins. “We don’t talk about championships but try to play like champions and get better each day.”
Only time will tell if this season can be salvaged.
Cameron Burleson, Luke Bellia, Luke Norman, and Shane Price are members of the Elkin High School Honors English I class.