Our 121st Season

By Frank “Digger” Dawson
Team Historian

Heading into the 2018 season, Coach Josh Ludwig, when looking back to the previous year, decided a change was in order. The first transformation had to be in the team’s attitude – the secret to success in any endeavor.

Secondly, would be to get more players on to the field with an emphasis on all phases of the game, due mainly to the stable of running backs returning from the 3-7 team of last season, along with a forward passing game featuring veteran quarterback Peyton Reed and a host of receivers including Noah Wheaton, Nick Woodyard, Troy Croskey and newcomer Timmy Neal. Versatile fullback Lane Kopras could also be considered an excellent receiver.

The ground game, led by Jalen Moman and junior, Derek Carter, will be complemented by Kopras, along with seniors Cory Weyand and Aidan Watkins.

The offensive line, under the tutiledge of new coaches Chris Davis and John Freeman will be made up of seniors P.J. Morris, Joaquin Johnson and Justin Watkins with juniors Skylor Wooley, Kaz Zubay, Kaleb Learn and Koby Plum, who is currently on the injured list with a broken leg.

Returning as offensive coordinator, following a stint at Edison Local, is Jason Duke, one of 14 ELHS grads on the coaching staff. In addition to coaches Ludwig, Duke, Davis and Freeman, others are Jeff Wright, Carl Congo, Jim Olmstead and Eric McMahon. These will be coupled with Willie Leavell and Jim Crane, who will coach the freshman while Danny Wells, Brian Vaughn and D.J. Chisom will lead the junior high team where Bill Potts will serve as head coach.

Caleb Hockenberry, Rylee White, Levi Turner and Dominik Vallera, who will serve as the team’s place kicker, round out the senior class.