Past success drives Williston-Elko in the present

Williston Elko Blue Devils
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Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Williston, S.C. (WRDW) -- For the communities of Williston and Elko, their rallying point is the football team.

Just a few years ago they won a state title and usually they are found playing late into November. The biggest change this year is a new head coach.

Assistant Derek Youngblood is now in charge after taking over for Dwayne Garrick.

Younglblood knows the kids and knows how things work and really hasn't changed much. Everyone around knows what it means to wear the blue and white and there's certain responsibility that comes with it.

"They're going to expect us to win games and you know our guys know that." said Derek Youngblood "There's such a tradition here. We have a lot of former players that come back and encourage our guys. They know the task before them is to continue the tradition here. They've worked hard to do that and they'll continue to do that."

"It's a lot of pressure, it's a lot of pressure on us," said Christian Sapp. "We want to prove a point and make ourselves worthy of being a top team"

On the field, they need to replace 11 seniors but it's a case of next man up and they're confident they'll play at the highest level. Three tough non-region road games right out of the gate will make this team better for when region play begins.

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