Elgin Owls Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Arvest Bank

 

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Coach: ROB RENSHAW

Quick Hits:

Elgin posted back to back winning seasons in 2009-2010, those are the only times the Owls have finished the season over .500 in the past 19 years.

Elgin and Newcastle combined for 1,148 yards of offense with the Owls taking a 75-56 win over the Racers on October 6th. Graduated running back Lewis Shepherd rushed for seven touchdowns.

The Owls defeated Clinton for the first time in school history, earning a 21-14 win over the Tornadoes on November 3rd. Elgin is now 1-11 all time in the series.

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 5-6

2016 – 4-6

2015 – 3-7

2014 – 2-8

2013 – 5-6

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OFFENSE

Class 4A is loaded with talent this season and the Elgin Owls are matching other teams with some big talent of their own. First year head coach Rob Renshaw is excited to see what this group can accomplish in his first season as the lead man.

For Elgin, it all starts up front. Mitchell Ritter (6-1, 280, Sr.) will start at guard and Kekoa Lake (6-1, 255, Sr.) at tackle giving the Owls two formidable forces up front. Add center Brock Buhlig (6-3, 275, Sr.) to the mix and you have the makings of a solid offensive line. Benefiting from this group up front are running backs Senaca Coleman (5-10, 160, Jr.) and Christian Houston (5-10, 175, So.). Both backs give the Owls a one-two punch in the backfield. Jacob Johnson (5-10, 170, Sr.) is one of the wide receivers coach Renshaw will utilize in the passing game. Look for Elgin to base the offense out of a multi-I set.

“I am very excited about the opportunity here in Elgin,” said coach Renshaw. 

DEFENSE

Ritter and Lake will go both ways starting on the defensive line for Elgin. The pair will provide a nice push up the middle. Nathan Adamson (5-8, 150, Jr.) and Jon Calvert (5-11, 160, Jr.) are two hard-hitting linebackers the Owls are going to depend on for big stops this season. A pair of defensive ends will pressure the opposing offenses and force mistakes. Zac Cizek (6-2, 265, So.) and Even McCracken (5-10, 175, Sr.) will play a major role in the success of the defense. Coach Renshaw is looking for his defense to play fast and physical. 

The staff is comprised of Sterling Koons, Wakley Bergner, Rick Hatfield and Dirick Hatfield. 

Schedule:

8-24 – vs. Plainview

8-31 – vs. Blanchard

9-7 – at Duncan

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 vs. Weatherford

9-28 – at Elk City

10-5 – vs. Clinton

10-12 – vs. Anadarko

10-18 – at Chickasha

10-26 – vs. Cache

11-3 – at Newcastle