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IMG_5720BY JEFF FALK

MYERSTOWN – It’s not a total tear-it-all-down-and-rebuild-it-from-scratch kind of thing. They’re not going to raze it, and then raise it again.

It’s more of a re-assessment. A re-direction. A re-thinking. A re-evaluation.

It is has very little to do with winning and losing. In fact, last season’s win total may have been more of an effect than a cause.

IMG_5817But however you want to slice it, when the Elco football program says it’s beginning anew this season, the Raiders might mean it more than they ever have before. It’s an emphasis on team building and individual responsibility and character that the Raiders want to spill on to the practice field, and then eventually have translate on to the playing field.

But it’s no longer a means to an end. The journey has become more important than the destination.

“I’m really pleased with having the renewed focus of the men we’re building,” said Elco head coach Bob Miller. “I think that’s something the players are reaping rewards from, just from the chemistry and bonds they’re building. Our kids fight. That will be the trademark of our season.

“Every kid’s a leader,” continued Miller. “Some go down the wrong path. Some people do the right things. But you lead by example. We talk about allowing them to have a voice in their program. They’re all responsible and holding each other accountable. I think we’re creating a culture where the kids are afforded a voice.”

IMG_5809The Raiders have already seen the benefits that the new emphasis and the new direction have produced. But it is a process that will continue throughout the year, one that will be tested when adversity ultimately hits and one that Elco is hoping will become a staple in its program for years to come.

“We want to be better men,” said Miller, who’s in his seventh season as the Raiders’ head man. “We wanted a better team camp. We wanted better team chemistry. They (his players) said they want to be better leaders and they wanted a better team experience.

“It’s on me, a ton,” Miller added. “I’ll take full responsibility for last year. But this year’s on the kids. We’ll provide the time, we’ll provide the means. But they have to build the bonds and the relationships.”

Record-wise, last season was Elco’s least successful under Miller. The Raiders went 2-8 and struggled with consistency and competitiveness.

For the five years prior, Miller’s Raiders had been right around .500 – 6-4, 5-5 or 4-6.

Actually, 2018 will mark the 50th season of Elco football. Overall, the program sports an all-time record of 230-271-2.

“It’s what we earned,” said Miller of 2017. “The best thing about last year is that our players learned from it. This year there’s a different team culture. They’re doing things differently. Every team is different. You can’t hang it on last year. You can’t wallow in it.

“Training camp has been terrific,” added Miller. “The preseason started in the weight room. We got more guys in there. The more you’re there, the more you’re invested. As far as Xs and Os go, we’re where we need to be.”

Elco’s roster of 40 student-athletes is comprised of a dozen seniors and 14 11th-graders. The Raiders return five starters on offense and five on defense.

IMG_5750“I like the team culture they’re building,” said Miller of his charges. “It makes a big difference in practice. It’ll make a difference in games. And I like our team strength. They really hit the weight room.

“Our depth is always a concern,” continued Miller. “But I’m not really sure until tomorrow (his team’s first and only scrimmage, against Garden Spot). It doesn’t matter how many people you have on the roster. It matters how many players you have.”

IMG_5704Elco is building upon and around sophomore signal-caller Braden Bohannon. Even though he’s poised, talented and intelligent, there’s lot of pressure being placed on the shoulders of the tenth-grader.

The Raiders will attempt to lighten that load by surrounding Bohannon with athletic skill people, namely senior Ethan Kissinger, senior Darian Ulrich, senior Jaron Ulrich, junior Erik Williams, junior Evan Huey, junior Austin Martin, junior Brenden Nauman and freshman Luke Williams.

“Kyle Knight was a kid who came through here and he was one of those players who was so incredible to coach,” said Miller. “He was so bright and so smart. I think he surprised some people.

“As the year went on, I think Braden became that type of player last year,” Miller continued. “Braden showed he can really excel in this offense. He’s got a lot of guts. He’s incredibly intelligent. I think it helps him being a multi-sport athlete. And I think football helps him in his other sports.”

IMG_5766Through hard work and discipline, the Raiders continue to refine and redefine who they are up front. The once boys on their ways to becoming men are senior Sam Montijo, senior Joe Nelson, senior C.J. Rank, junior Austin Sprenkle and sophomore Jon Bopp.

“From Day One, we’ve had better a better team experience,” said Miller. “We’ve had better team bonding. We want to come out and play hard. If we do that, we’ll find success.

“We’re looking at it like the preparation will never end,” continued Miller. “We’re going to stay with doing the right thing. You can’t be good on the field if you’re not in practice. The game stuff is now. We’re ready for our scrimmage and love having the opportunity to compete against someone else.”

 

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2018 Elco Football Roster

 
Jersey # First Name Last Name Year Height  Weight Position
1 Josh Behney Sr. 5′ 7″ 155 RB/DB
2 Owen Kahl So. 5′ 11″ 175 QB/DL
3 Ethan Kissinger Sr. 5′ 10″ 180 WR/LB
5 Darian Ulrich Sr. 5′ 8 135 QB/DB
7 Erik Williams Jr. 5′ 11″ 180 TE/LB
9 Cole Thomas Fr. 5′ 9″ 175 QB/LB
10 Jaron Ulrich Sr. 5′ 9 135 WR/DB
11 Austin Martin Jr. 6′ 0″ 155 WR/DB
17 Braden Bohannon So. 5′ 10″ 165 QB/DB
21 Elijah Herb Sr. 6′ 3″ 180 WR/DB
24 Austin Funk Sr. 5′ 10 175 RB/DL
25 Jordan Fernandez Jr. 6′ 0″ 185 RB/LB
30 CJ Rank Sr. 5′ 10″ 200 TE/DL
32 Luke Williams Fr. 6′ 1″ 175 RB/LB
34 George Rentas So. 5′ 8″ 175 RB/LB
38 Brenden Nauman Jr. 6′ 0 155 RB/LB
40 Michael Torres Sr. 5′ 10″ 160 WR/LB
41 Avery Fritsch So. 5′ 10 170 RB/LB
42 Hunter Hockley Jr. 5′ 10″ 175 RB/DL
50 Robert Walck Sr. 5′ 9″ 195 OL/DL
52 Logan Tice So. 5′ 9″ 205 OL/DL
53 Austin Sprenkle Jr. 5′ 10″ 190 OL/LB
57 Ben Wargo So. 5′ 10″ 225 OL/DL
61 John Ball So. 6’1″ 195 OL/DL
62 Ethan Balderrama Jr. 5′ 10″ 170 OL/DL
63 Sam Montijo Sr. 5′ 10″ 225 OL/DL
65 Baily Beamesderfer So. 5′ 11″ 195 OL/DL
66 Joe Nelson Sr. 6′ 4″ 270 OL/DL
68 Adam Koehler Sr. 5′ 9″ 240 OL/DL
72 Wyatt Hermansky Jr. 6′ 1″ 220 OL/DL
75 Jalil Shouse Jr. 5’11″ 240 OL/DL
77 Zach Groff Jr. 5′ 10″ 180 OL/DL
79 Jon Bopp So. 6′ 0″ 285 OL/DL
80 Jeremy Kline So. 5′ 9″ 135 WR/DB
84 Richard Greene Jr. 5′ 6″ 160 RB/LB
85 Jason Wehr Jr. 5′ 9″ 150 WR/DB
87 Andre Magee Jr. 6′ 1″ 190 TE/DL
88 Evan Huey Jr. 5′ 7″ 145 WR/DB
89 Andrew Tracey So. 5′ 11″ 160 WR/DB

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2018 Elco Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
08/24
Susquenita
7:00 PM Elco High School
08/31
Lebanon
7:00 PM Elco High School
09/07 *
@Lancaster Catholic
7:00 PM Lancaster Catholic High School
09/14
@Octorara
7:00 PM Octorara Area High School
09/21 *
Northern Lebanon
7:00 PM Elco High School
09/28
@Ephrata
7:00 PM Ephrata High School
10/05 *
Donegal
7:00 PM Elco High School
10/12 *
Pequea Valley
7:00 PM Elco High School
10/19 *
@Annville-Cleona
7:00 PM Annville-Cleona High School
10/26 *
@Columbia
7:00 PM Columbia High School

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2017 Elco Football Results

DATE OPPONENT TIME OUTCOMES
09/01
Susquenita
7:00 PM L 7-41
09/08
@Palmyra
7:00 PM L 7-35
09/15
Fleetwood
7:00 PM W 36-32
09/22 *
@Annville-Cleona
7:00 PM L 14-37
09/29 *
Donegal
7:00 PM L 0-54
10/06 *
Lancaster Catholic
7:00 PM L 3-55
10/13 *
@Columbia
7:00 PM W 22-16
10/20 *
@Northern Lebanon
7:00 PM L 20-49
10/27
Muhlenberg
7:00 PM L 13-37
11/03 *
Pequea Valley
7:00 PM L 27-28

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Elco Football History


YEAR COACH WINS LOSSES TIES SECTION DISTRICT

1969 Fred Poorman 4 4 0

1970 Fred Poorman 4 6 0

1971 Fred Poorman 2 8 0

1972 Fred Poorman 5 5 0

1973 Fred Poorman 7 2 1 Champions

1974 Fred Poorman 6 4 0

IMG_57491975  Fred Poorman 8 3 0 Champions

1976 Fred Poorman 9 2 0 Champions

1977 Fred Poorman 5 6 0

1978 Fred Poorman 5 6 0

1979 Fred Poorman 10 1 0 Champions

1980 Fred Poorman 10 1 0

1981 Hal Donley 4 6 0

1982 Hal Donley 3 6 1

1983 Hal Donley 6 4 0

1984 Chuck Hill 1 9 0

1985 Chuck Hill 2 8 0

IMG_57051986 Fred Poorman 1 9 0

1987 Fred Poorman 0 10 0

1988 Fred Poorman 0 10 0

1989 Jim Weaver 4 7 0

1990 Jim Weaver 7 3 0

1991 Jim Weaver 2 9 0

1992 Jim Weaver 6 5 0

1993 Jim Weaver 7 4 0

1994 Mark Kirk 1 9 0

1995 Steve Oliver 2 8 0

1996 Steve Oliver 3 7 0

IMG_57831997 Steve Oliver 6 4 0

1998 Mark Evans 5 5 0

1999 Mark Evans 1 9 0

2000 Mark Evans 9 2 0 Champions Playoffs

2001 Mark Evans 9 3 0 Playoffs

2002 Mark Evans 4 6 0

2003 Mark Evans 7 3 0

2004 Mark Evans 6 4 0

2005 Mark Evans 5 5 0

2006 Mark Evans 4 6 0

2007 Mark Evans 4 6 0

IMG_58132008 Mark Evans 6 5 0 Playoffs

2009 Mark Evans 8 3 0 Playoffs

2010 Mark Evans 3 7 0

2011 Mark Evans 3 7 0

2012 Robert Miller 6 4 0

2013 Robert Miller 4 6 0

2014 Robert Miller 4 6 0

2015 Robert Miller 5 5 0

2016 Robert Miller 5 5 0

2017 Robert Miller 2 8 0

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