Countdown to kickoff (Scott): Skyhawks aim for improvement in 2017

    Shann Griffith begins season No. 2 as Scott's head coach in 2017.

    MADISON (WCHS/WVAH) - The Scott Skyhawks were under first-year head coach Shann Elkins in 2017. The season got off to a tough start at 0-4 and finished with a 3-7 mark. But with players, facilities, good coaches and tradition, the Skyhawks are ready to soar upwards once again.

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    In football, it always helps to have numbers.

    "We've got pretty good numbers," said Elkins. "We've had 51 out, about 48, 49 now. That will help up down the road with jayvee. Getting our kids ready. We had some kids coming back, quite a good number. We feel pretty good with the number of kids we have and how hard they've been working."

    Patience is a key for the football program at the Madison-based school.

    "You know we're still learning," said Elkins. "Still learning how to practice. Still learning how to do some things in the weight room, off the field, on the field. It's a learning process."

    "We were really young last year and we played some guys who were young. So they've got some experience. Will that translate to success on the field?"

    Plenty returns up front both offensive and defensively for the Skyhawks. In year two under Elkins, the players feel a lot more comfortable.

    "I think we're all a lot more confident," senior fullback/linebacker Mikel Hager said. "Guys familiar with our offense. Having our line back will help a lot. I've just seen kids work harder this offseason than in the past. That's good to go forward with."

    "We've had some rough times in the past, but we're meshing as a team," said Bryson Justice, a senior offensive lineman and defensive end. "We're just ready to go out there and play football."

    Scott will again face a demanding schedule this season.

    "We're in the Cardinal Conference. It's the best conference in Class AA. There may be some better teams up North, but top to bottom the Cardinal Conference is the best conference in AA," said Elkins. "Week in and week out, it is what is. That's what we tell our kids. Takes what it takes. If they can bring that attitude do what they need to do. I think we'll be OK."

    The Skyhawks open the 2017 season on August 25 at home with Herbert Hoover.

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