The Elba Football Team enters the season with a giant target on it's back. The Tigers went 15-0 last season, winning the Class 2A State Championship.
So, Elba will be the hunted team entering the year. And, the Tigers have huge holes to fill as they prepare their title defense, losing players like Michael Lindsey, Martin Henderson, Tyler Anderson and Donta Rogers to graduation.
However, the cupboard isn't bare in Coffee County, as the Tigers return veteran quarterback Austin Johnson and junior running back Darrean Burks, who's already received a scholarship offer from Troy.
Head Coach Scott Rials says his team will be ready to defend it's title when the season begins next week.
"We've got new leaders emerging, and all you've got to do, when all of those other guys graduate, is look around and you'll understand, and our guys understand there's a lot of work to do, because we lost some really talented players that did a great job for us," Rials said.
"Again, we've got some young guys coming that are going to help us, and we feel good about our group."
Elba will host G.W. Long for a pre-season game on Friday night. The Tigers open the regular season at rival Elba on August 31st.
Elba 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Fri., Aug. 31 @ Opp (3A)
Fri., Sep. 7 @ Zion Chapel (2A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 @ Central Hayneville (2A) *
Fri., Sep. 21 vs. New Brockton (2A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 vs. Straughn (3A)
Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Goshen (2A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 vs. Luverne (2A) *
Fri., Oct. 19 @ Calhoun (2A) *
Fri., Oct. 26 vs. Highland Home (2A) *
Fri., Nov. 2 @ Brantley (1A)
* denotes region game