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October 24, 2012

H.S. Football Roundup: Needing wins, Elks travel to Teague

Even sitting at 1-6, Elkhart coach Sam Wells knows that his team isn’t out of it quite yet.

A win in the team’s final three games would push the Elks into the postseason, and Wells said his kids realize it.

“They know it’s time to put up or shut up,” he said. “It’s time to get it done.”

The first test of this final push is a big one, with Elkhart (1-6, 0-2) traveling to Teague (5-2, 2-0).

The Lions run a very pass-heavy offense, and are averaging almost 300 yards passing per game.

Wells is hoping Mother Nature can act as a 12th defender for the Elks, with the forecast calling for a chance of rain and wins gusting around 20 miles per hour on Friday.

“We want to run the ball most of the time. That might be a little advantage to us,” Well said. “I don’t know if Teague has played in that kind of weather before...so anything can happen.”

Even if the weather doesn’t help, Wells said he is confident in his team’s ability to stop the pass. So far this season, the Elks are holding opposing quarterbacks to around a 30 percent completion percentage.

What Elkhart doesn’t worry about is its offense, led by star junior Jeffrey Wilson, who is coming off of a 400-yard performance against Franklin.

The Elks are averaging almost 350 yards per game in 2012, with Wilson leading the area in rushing (1,619 yards) and rushing touchdowns (17).

“We feel pretty good offensively every week, for the most part. We’ve started to figure out what our kids can do well and the kids started to figure out what we’re trying to do,” Wells said. “Our offensive line is just doing a tremendous job...they’re doing a great job, so we’re excited.”

Kick-off Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. at Teague’s Lion Stadium (Loop 255, Teague, Texas 75860).

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